HC orders Madras Municipality to remove campaign posters across the city

Having a plea presented by P Arumugam of the AIADMK, the High Court of Madras on Wednesday February 16 requested the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission to remove all the posters displayed by the candidates in the capital of Tamil Nadu .

The two-judge bench consisting of Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice D. Bharatha Chakravarthy announced the order: “Any violation of the order would be dealt with in contempt proceedings.” The judges also said no one will be allowed to deface the city. The candidates vying for the elections had displayed their posters for the next polls of the local urban bodies.

Madras HC said the cost of removing each poster should be borne by candidates for the Municipality of Chennai. The Court added that even if the posters were displayed with the permission of the owner, the appropriate permission will still be required from the relevant authorities.

Arumugam, an All India candidate Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) also complained in her petition that local candidate Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) had pasted pictures on her poster so that AIADMK posters would not are not seen. Arumugam presented photos as evidence in support of his claim, further informing that he had requested the state election commission for additional police forces during the elections for a free and fair ballot.

Madras HC has asked the State Election Commission to punish violators who stuck photos on AIADMK candidate to hide his face and obstruct his campaign. The court also ordered the Greater Chennai Corporation to punish the AIADMK candidate, petitioner P Arumugam for sticking pictures on the wall.

Tamil Nadu Urban Local Bodies Surveys

57,778 candidates are running for 12,607 neighborhood member positions in 649 urban local authorities. The 649 city bodies are divided into 21 city corporations, 138 municipalities and 490 city panchayats. Voters in respected constituencies will vote on February 19. The results of the elections will be announced on February 22.

The main competition in this poll will be between AIADMK and DMK. The majority of candidates fighting this election are from DMK. Urban local body election is happening after 10 years in Tamil Nadu.