Siddu flays govt over Gram Panchayat polls

 It is an insult to democracy and goes against the spirit of Constitution which mandates for conduct of elections before the term of elected body ends, said Opposition leader Siddaramaiah.

In a press conference here on Sunday, he said the Government is violating the Article 153 of the Constitution. The appointment of administrators is unconstitutional.

Section 8 of Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act provides for postponement of polls under special circumstances. But, there is no reason for it now. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and his party has no faith in democracy, he said.

The panchayats will have to bear the consequences of the Government’s measure as the flow of grants and funds under the central schemes will stop if there was no elected body in the panchayats. The Election Commission has also failed in its duty as it is silent over the issue, he said.

“There is neither circumstance nor any legal binding to delay the polls. In fact, the Government will again face the wrath of the Judiciary if the Court is moved, as in case of BBMP polls. The Government is afraid of the outcome of the results. It should announce the elections in 15 days, or else, the Congress will move the people’s court,” he added.

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