Delimitation of Ludhiana MC wards: HC issues notice to govt
Chandigarh – Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notice of motion to Punjab government and the State Election Commission in the matter of delimitation of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Wards. Others who have been issued notice include the Director Department of Local Government and Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana. The notice was issued by a Division Bench comprising Justice Mahesh Grover and Justice Rajbir Sehrawat for February 5. Both Simranjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains have challenged the delimitation of Ludhiana MC wards done recently. Both Simranjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains are the members of the Punjab Legislative Assembly from the Ludhiana Atam Nagar and Ludhiana South Assembly segments, respectively. Besides, Simranjeet Singh Bains is also a member of the Delimitation Board constituted for the MC. The petitioners have prayed before the Division Bench that the complete process of delimitation of the Municipal Corporation wards as well as the notification issued on December 21, last year in this regard be set aside. They alleged that delimitation done is in complete violation of Clause 6 of the Delimitation of Wards of Municipal Corporation Order, 1995. The petitioners also sought that directions be issued to the respondents to conduct delimitation of wards in strict compliance to the Clause 6 of the 1995 order.The petitioner also demanded that delimitation be done as per the population Census of 2011 which was go conducted by the Union government for the Ludhiana city. Counsel for the petitioners Ruchi Sekhri said that since the inception of the Delimitation Board the petitioners have been asking for equal distribution of population in all the wards and have even submitted various objections in writing that there is huge difference between the population of each wards as per the population census in 2011. She said that the survey got conducted by the state government is erroneous and alleged that it was prepared with “malicious intentions’ to subsequently disturb the voter list of each ward. Moreover, as per the scheme of delimitation of wards the population in certain wards is unreasonably high or low.
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