DK Shivakumar blames K’taka government for non-conduct of panchayat elections by SEC

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Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar

BENGALURU: Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar on Wednesday held the state government responsible for the ‘non-conduct’ of panchayat elections in the state and expressed concern over theKarnataka State Election Commission’s urgent petition in the High Court questioning “if we can still call ourselves a ‘democracy’.”

The state EC has filed an urgent petition in the High Court that cited its inability to hold zilla and taluk panchayat elections as the state government has taken away its powers.

“Given the present state of affairs in the region and the country, and the current petition by the State EC, how far would it be alright to call ourselves a democracy,” he questioned. “When the Election Commission itself says the government has taken away its powers, can we call ourselves a democracy?” he asked.

While highlighting the constitutional validity of the state EC in an official statement, Shivakumar remarked that the Election Commission has autonomy and independence under the Constitution, and hoped the judiciary “will set things right.” (ANI)

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