HC yes to SEC order on panchayat polls
The SEC had issued the order on January 19. As per the order the sarpanch, panchayat samiti member and ward member candidates were asked not to used the name of any political party while campaigning and not to use party symbols as well as photographs of leaders. The order also banned sponsorship of candidates by political parties.
The sarpanch candidate of Mitrapur panchayat in Balasore district challenged the SEC order in the High Court. The court had stayed the SEC order on Thursday and reserved its order for Friday. In its final order the court has upheld the directives of the SEC.