12 - 04 - 2021

HC directs state govt to hold TTAADC polls by May 17

Agartala, Jan 13,2021:The high court on Tuesday  ordered the state government to conduct general elections to Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District   Council (TTAADC)  by May 17.Responding to a plea filed by Apu Debbarma, a resident of an area which comes within the administrative ambit of the Council, a division dench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice SG Chattopadhyay ordered the state government to conduct the ADC polls within May 17, the petitioner’s counsel Mintu Debbarma told reporters.

The court said the polls could be held sooner if the state election commission and the government were ready.

In an affidavit filed on behalf of the state election commissioner, the court was notified that electoral roll revision and publication for the district council poll results would be completed by January 15.

On March 26, 2020, the state government deferred the general elections to the district council ‘indefinitely’. The tenure of the previous council expired on May 17. Tribal Welfare Director N Darlong issued a notification saying that the government had decided to defer the ADC polls for an ‘indefinite period’ in view of the grim Covid situation at the time.