HC seeks government reply on CCP mayor polls


 The high court of Bombay at Goa on Monday directed the state government to file a reply on a petition filed by 16 councillors of Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP), seeking a direction to the government to fix a fresh date for holding election to the posts of CCP mayor and deputy mayor.
The matter is likely to come up before the court for the next hearing on April 3. The petition is filed by councillor Surendra Furtado, who is an aspirant for the mayor's post. The legal battle is a fallout of the cancellation of elections to the posts by the state government on March 20.
Claiming that the BJP-led government has done it "to arm-twist and thwart the democratic process of holding elections to the CCP", the petitioners have alleged that the intention of the government is malafide as the postponement is done under the garb of examining the matter of reservation to the posts. While pointing out that the CCP Act does not confer or contemplate power on the government to postpone the election meeting, the petitioners have pointed out that the present mayor and deputy mayor were continuing in office without authority of law. [TOI]