EC moves SC against Madhya Pradesh HC order restricting physical political rallies

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The Election Commission has approached the Supreme Court against Madhya Pradesh High Court’s move to restrict physical political rallies in nine districts in the state in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Bye-polls to 28 Assembly seats in the state are scheduled to be held on November 3.

On Wednesday, the Gwalior bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court ordered that the nine districts under its jurisdiction to grant permission for public rallies only if virtual meetings are not possible. The districts include Gwalior, Guna, Morena, Bhind, Ashok Nagar, Datia, Shivpuri, Sheopur and Vidisha.

Besides, the Madhya Pradesh government has also decided to approach the apex court against the HC’s order. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in a video message apologised to the people of Ashok Nagar’s Shadora and Bhander where he was expected to attend two political rallies.

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“We respect the High Court and its decision. But regarding this decision, we will go to the Supreme Court, because it is like having two laws in a single land,” Chouhan told news agency ANI.

“In some parts of Madhya Pradesh, physical political rallies are allowed. It is not allowed in another part. Political rallies are being held in Bihar, but it is not allowed in a part of Madhya Pradesh. So we will seek justice from the Supreme Court,” he added.

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