EC functioning like an agent of BJP: Dinesh Gundu Rao


Team Udayavani, Sep 30, 2019, 5:09 PM IST

Bengaluru: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gundu Rao on Monday said that alleged that the Election Commission was acting like yet another government department and said the new schedule for the Karnataka bypolls have been made to facilitate the purification of disqualified legislators.

Addressing presspersons Dinesh said that they have filed a complaint opposing the Election Commission’s decision to conduct the bypolls on December 5.

Elections are governed under Article 324 of the constitution and Representation of the People Act, and clause 57 states that elections can be adjourned only in case of riots, open violence, natural calamity, Rao said.

According to a notification issued by the Election Commission, bypolls to 15 Karnataka Assembly seats, which the poll panel had decided to defer, will be held on December 5.

Citing proceedings in the Supreme Court regarding the pleas filed by 17 disqualified MLAs of the state challenging their disqualification, the EC said that after deliberations, it has decided that the nomination process will restart on November 11 as per the new schedule.

The apex court will hear the matter next on October 22 and has expressed its inclination to decide the issue. In July, then Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar had disqualified 17 MLAs — 13 belonging to the Congress, three JD(S) and one Independent — which eventually led to the fall of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government.

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