EC has no authority to ban use of flex boards: Kerala HC

Kerala High court today declared that the state Election Commission has no authority to impose ban on use of flex boards in connection with the local bodies poll this month.

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2010, 20:56 PM IST

Kochi: Kerala High court today declared that
the state Election Commission has no authority to impose ban
on use of flex boards in connection with the local bodies poll
this month.

The direction in this regard was issued by a division bench
comprising Chief justice J Chelameswar and justice P R
Ramachandran Menon while allowing a writ appeal by the flex
building owners association of Kerala.

The bench observed that the commission`s decision was
`wholly unconnected with the responsbility entrusted with it`.
This was violative of fundamental right of the petitioner, the
court held.

Use of flex boards is not prohibited for any other purpose.
If the state or competent authority is of the opinion that use
of plastic is to be prohibited or is beyond the permissible
limit, it is to be regularised, it is for appropriate authority
to make law in this regard. It is not for the Election
commission to determine such things, the court held.

The commission had banned the use of flex boards for
electioneering by candidates during this month`s local bodies
poll saying it was hazardous. No plastic should be used and
the polls should be `green`.

-PTI

Solapur: Known for his repartees, Union Heavy Industries Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Monday had a dig at his one-time protege Ashok Chavan over the latter adding
the honorific `rao`.

"It should be left to the people`s wish whether to add Rao` in the name or not," Deshmukh said, in a veiled reference to the Maharashtra Chief Minister`s office on the sixth floor of state secretariat building now having a new nameplate - that of Ashokrao Chavan.
In temple town Pandharpur in this district for offering prayers to Lord Vitthal, Deshmukh said that "no leader can get respect by forcing the people to do that (adding `rao`)".

"I have always taken my name as Vilas Deshmukh and never added or forced the people to call me Vilasrao in my entire life. It was the true love of people that they always
called me `Vilasrao` with respect," he said.

A fortnight ago, the old nameplate at Chief Minister`s official residence `Varsha` in Malabar Hill bearing Ashok Chavan`s name gave way to a shiny brass one with the name
`Ashokrao Chavan`. When reporters queried him about the change in nameplate, Chavan had brushed aside the "hype" generated in the media over the nameplate change.

PTI