Election Commission and government gets notice on tribal assembly elections writ

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court issued notice to Election Commission and the state government seeking their replies by August seven for not holding elections in three tribal assembly constituencies along with 65 other seats.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice V K Gupta and Justice Sanjay Karol ordered issuance of notice on a civil writ petition filed by Congress legislators of the tribal constituencies – Kinnaur, Lahual and Spiti and Bharmour.

The court would hear the matter on August seven. Assembly elections in the state is due in February next.

The three MLAs Jagat Singh Negi (Kinnaur), Raghubir Singh (Lahual and Spiti) and Thakur Singh Bharmori
(Bharmour) have contested the Commission delinking these three consitituencies from 65 others for conduct of polls in winter on the plea that the areas are covered by snow.

They had contended that when elections in some other assembly constituencies like Baijnath in Kangra and Rohroo having areas with similar topographical and climatic conditions could be held along with rest of the state what was the logic of delaying polls in these three seats.

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