ECI postpones Palghar (ST) constituency indefinitely

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ECI postpones Palghar (ST) constituency indefinitely


News / Election Commission of India   /   Jun 04, 2015
Kulbir Manhas
Kulbir Manhas
Kulbir writes about politics, social issues and technology. He has worked in an NGO for several years.

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Palghar: The Election Commission of India has deferred its decision to hold assembly election in the Palghar(ST)  constituency after  the emergence of an election related petition filed by defeated Congress candidate Rajendra Gavit against the late sitting Shiv Sena MLA Krishna Arjun Ghoda.

The ECI had announced by polls in the constituency to be held on May 27. Following its discovery of the petition, the ECI has issued a notice saying that it would not hold the elections in the Palghar ST constituency for the time being.

It was only after the notification for the by poll in Palghar had been issued that the ECI came to know of the petition filed by Gavit against his Shiv Sena rival, the late K A Ghoda, after the assembly elections in 2014. “We are not sure as to what his prayer in the election case is. Hence we informed the ECI about it which decided to defer the assembly by-election for the time being”, said an ECI official  speaking on condition of anonymity.

Before the assembly elections 2014, Krishna Arjun Ghoda quit the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP)  and joined Shiv Sena. The late legislator defeated his nearest Congress rival Rajendra Gavit by a small margin of 515 votes.

The late Shiv Sena MLA had polled 46,412 votes. According to sources, Shiv Sena had planned to field the late Krishna Ghoda’s son Amit for the assembly by election.  The seat fell vacant after the death of Ghoda following a heart attack on May 24.

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