Allahabad, Apr 8 (ILNS) The Allahabad High Court today refused to postpone the Panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases, saying that the state has already declared a protocol to be adhered to during the poll campaign.
A division bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice SS Shamsheri, while dismissing a PIL on the matter, said “We do not find any merit in the argument. The state, while notifying elections in Panchayat Raj Institutions, has already declared a protocol to be adhered to during the poll campaigns”.
The Court issued certain directions for the state government to follow during the entire process of elections. All necessary care as such shall be taken by the state to prevent the spread of infection during the course of Panchayat elections, it added.
The petitioner had contended in his plea that keeping in view the massive surge in Novel Coronavirus infection in different parts of the state, it would be against the public Interest to hold Panchayat Elections in rural areas.
The elections would be causing enormous injury to the health of public at large and that would be in contravention to Article 21 of the Constitution, it added. ILNS/SNG/RJ