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Appeal filed challenging HC order on Dhaka city polls deferment

  • Published at 01:28 pm January 16th, 2020
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Dhaka Tribune

The date of Dhaka’s two city corporations' polls coincides with Saraswati Puja
An appeal petition has been filed with the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order that rejected a petition filed seeking deferment of Dhaka city polls.

Supreme Court lawyer Ashoke Kumar Ghosh, who had filed the previous petition, filed the appeal around 12pm on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the High Court rejected a petition seeking a deferment of the January 30 election date of Dhaka’s two city corporations as it falls in the same day as Saraswati Puja, one of the biggest religious festivals of the country’s Hindu community.

The order left the petitioner aggrieved. It sparked protests several hours later at Shahbagh, leaving thousands of citizens trapped in massive gridlocks on the connecting roads.

After the commission announced on December 22 last year that polls to Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) would be held on January 30, the Hindu community voiced its opposition to the decision immediately as it was set to celebrate Saraswati Puja on January 29-30.

Matters became more complicated with the school holiday calendar sanctioned by the government marking January 29 for the Hindu religious festival.

Many Hindu religious groups, including the Puja Udjapon Parishad and Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (BHBCUC), had urged the Election Commission to move the election day to facilitate the community in celebrating the festival.