Cong hails SC order on BBMP elections

Cong hails SC order on BBMP elections

Govt is afraid of holding polls: RVD

“The government is so unpopular that it is afraid of going to the polls. Hence the serious, deliberate and calculated effort to get it postponed,” charged Congress State unit president R V Deshpande.

State Advocate General Ashok Harnahalli, appearing in the apex court during the hearing of an appeal filed by some private parties against a Karnataka High Court decision quashing Assembly-wise reservation of BBMP wards, sought time to conduct the civic election. The court, however, stayed the High Court order and asked the government to hold the poll. The apex court turned down the request for more time.

Reacting to the government’s plea for putting off the poll, Deshpande said it smacked of the government’s malafide intentions. He vowed to defeat the “anti-democratic forces” in the elections.

Former Mayor P R Ramesh said the Supreme Court verdict is a victory to democracy. “There is a constitutional breakdown in the state where democracy is caged. The Government tried its best to stall an elected council in the BBMP,” he alleged. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, meanwhile, told reporters that the government would conduct the BBMP election as per the apex court order.