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EC Withholds Byelection in Lakshadweep

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Monday Jan 30, 2023

New Delhi : The Central Election Commission has withheld the Lakshadweep by-election even as the bypoll notification  was due for release tomorrow, the 31st. The EC’s move comes in the wake of Supreme Court’s verdict in favour of MP  Muhammad Faisal.

Backdrop : On 11 Jan, the Kavaratti Sessions court sentenced MP Muhammad Faisal to 10 years in prison  for his  involvement in the conflict during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in which a Congress worker was injured.  Things thereafter moved in quick succession.  The Lok Sabha Speaker disqualified Faisal as parlimentarian on the 13 and the Election Commission on 18th  announced by-election.