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PIL filed against the practice of allowing same person to contest from two seats
A PIL has been filed in the Allahabad High Court, Lucknow Bench, by Amitabh Thakur, a Social Activist and his wife Nutan Thakur praying for complete ban on the practice of contesting Lok Sabha and Assembly polls from two seats by a single candidate.

This is in the wake of various ill-effects post election of the same person from two seats. It involves a huge lot of money, time and energy and also results in vacation of seat unnecessarily.

The PIL says that Section 33(7) of the Representation of Peoples Act 1951 permits a person to contest from two places in these elections. Before 1996, a person could contest from any number of seats.

As per the petitioners, this permission to contest and win in the same legislative body from two places is against the various constitutional provisions including Article 101 and 190 related with vacancies of seats in these legislative bodies.

These Articles provide specific methods of vacation of seats, which does not include vacation of seats for being elected at two places in the same house, hence praying for declaring such multiple contests as ultra-vires to the Constitution.

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