Take steps to ensure fair civic polls: Tripura to Supreme Court

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, 23 November

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the Trinamool Congress’s (TMC) plea seeking a stay on the November 25 local body elections in Tripura, saying it is an “excessive recourse” in democracy, even though it has supported the paramilitary forces. Several instructions have been issued including deployment. In important areas, to ensure free and fair elections to the State Government.

“Postponement of elections is a matter of last and extreme recourse. It is our considered view that apart from postponing the elections, the apprehensions expressed by the advocates on behalf of the petitioners may be suitably addressed by issuing mandatory directions to the State of Tripura to ensure that municipal elections are held . in a peaceful and orderly manner,” said a bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud.

Acting on the TMC’s plea seeking contempt action against the Tripura government and other officials for failing to bring down the violent incidents against the opposition parties in the wake of the upcoming municipal elections, it decided to deploy paramilitary forces in critical areas. ordered a re-evaluation and warned of coercion. Action will be taken if the order is not followed. “The DGP and IGP (Law and Order) will hold a joint meeting with the State Election Commission by tomorrow morning to assess the availability of sufficient number of paramilitary forces from the CRPF to ensure the peaceful conduct of elections.” Said it.

sought details of fir on violence

The Supreme Court sought details of FIRs lodged in the wake of violent incidents during election campaign and arrests made in those cases.