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SC directs Centre to find a solution to pending ULB polls in Nagaland

First Published: 19th May, 2023 12:25 IST

The SC also questioned as to why the state is objecting to the ULB Polls

The Supreme Court (SC) has directed the centre to find a solution in connection with the pending Urban Local Body Elections in Nagaland.

The SC during a hearing on Thursday stated that the law of the land must be followed and thus directed the Centre to find a solution on the matter.

A bench of justices, S K Kaul and A Amanullah was hearing a petition seeking 33 percent reservation for women in the local bodies when it expressed displeasure over the Nagaland assembly passing a resolution to repeal the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 and resolving to not hold elections to the Urban Local Bodies.

The Apex Court observed that it respects the local sentiments but stated that the authorities cannot let the law of the land not prevail, especially when there is nothing affecting personal rights or personal laws.

The SC also questioned as to why the state is objecting to the ULB Polls when it is only doing them good by getting people to look after the people’s interest at the grass-root level. 

The court even warned the state to not let them declare someone’s customary laws unconstitutional.

The bench told the counsel appearing for Nagaland that it has given adequate time and directed the state to not delay further. 

The bench also observed that the state despite assurances given to the court is unwilling to implement the assurances on the pretext that they cannot go against the wishes of the people. 

The court also directed the state to not be blackmailed.

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