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Updated On 24-10-2018 14:41:16 ISTUpdated On 24-10-20182018-10-24T00:00:00.000Z24-10-2018 2018-10-24T00:00:00.000Z - 2018-10-24T09:11:16.186Z - 24-10-2018
Andhra Pradesh government got directed by the Hyderabad High Court to conduct Panchayat elections in the next 3 months. The court also dismissed a recent government order which appointed special officers for Panchayats.
The ruling is similar to the one passed by Hyderabad high court earlier this month where it asked the Telangana government to conduct panchayat elections. The court even asked EC to asses poll preparedness and carry on with the preparations
Hearing to the petitions filed by former sarpanches who termed the appointment of special officers as undemocratic, the court ruled in their favour and asked the government to get ready with the preparations for polls. The petitioners argued that running of local administration with special officers would hinder the development.
Responding to the courts ruling, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said that the government would comply with it. He added the delay occurred due to the reservation issues or else panchayat elections would have been conducted in a timely manner.
The election commission responded positively to this ruling and asked the court to issue orders to the government to finish finalizing issues on reservations. The EC suggested that the reservation percentages must be decided as soon as possible to enable them to conduct the polls without any delay.
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