The Supreme Court on Friday decided to put on hold the elections for the local bodies in nine new districts, carved out of four existing ones, in Tamil Nadu, allowing in part a DMK petition challenging holding of these elections without proper delimitation.
The nine reconstituted districts are Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Vellore, Tirupattur, Ranipet, Villupuram, Kallakurichi, Tirunelveli and Tenkasi.
Paving the way for the elections in the other districts, the Court said, “There shall be no legal impediment against holding elections for panchayats and the State Election Commission shall notify elections for the panchayats at the village, intermediate and districts for rest of the districts.” While conducting elections, proportionate reservation of all levels should be provided in accordance with Rule 6 of Tamil Nadu Panchayats (Reservat8ion of Seats and Rotation of Reserved Seats) Rules, 1995.
The Court observed that in all fairness it must be noted that the Advocate General of Tamil Nadu has also agreed to proceed with the election process as directed. The bench, also comprising B R Gavai and Surya Kant said having analysed issues it was clear that the Constitutional part of Part IX in respect to the statutory provisions cannot be achieved unless the delimitation exercise for constitution of local bodies at all levels in properly undertaken.