Farmer moves to Bombay HC against Katol bypoll

The seat was left vacant after the former MLA Ashish Deshmukh left BJP to join Congress. Petitioner Sandeep Sarode had demanded that it should be withdrawn or a stay should be ordered on its implementation

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A farmer has moved Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, praying for cancellation of Katol assembly bypoll to be held next month along with the Lok Sabha polls. The seat was left vacant after the resignation of former Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Ashish Deshmukh, who left BJP to join Congress. The plea will come up for a hearing next week.

Terming Election Commission's notification of March 10 for holding a bypoll in Katol to fill up the vacant post as irrational, unwarranted and against the principles enshrined in the Representation of People's Act, 1951. Petitioner Sandeep Sarode had demanded that it should be withdrawn or a stay should be ordered on its implementation.

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Notably, Representation of Peoples Act 1951 is an act enacted by the Indian provincial parliament before first general elections. The People’s Representation act provides the code of conduct for elections in India. The act also deals with details like qualification and disqualification of members of both houses of Parliament Loksabha and Rajyasabha) and the state legislatures (ie. State Legislative Assembly and State Legislative Council).

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