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.
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