The State government on Wednesday fled a detailed additional counter-affidavit in the Telangana High Court in the petitions relating to elections to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).

During the previous hearing, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Shameem Akhter had raised queries on the pre-poll processes made by the government. Expressing dissatisfaction over the affidavit filed the Principal Secretary of Municipal Administration and Urban Development Arvind Kumar, the bench had instructed the authorities to file a detailed additional affidavit.

In the fresh affidavit, the government said it had complied with all the rules relating to pre-poll processes like division of wards, passing resolutions in the council and inviting public opinion.

It stated that no procedure was described for disposal of objections raised by people over division of wards and revision of voters list.

The affidavit said the only pending works were setting apart sets for different categories like Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Citizenship issue

The division bench declined to intervene in a writ appeal filed by ruling TRS MLA from Vemulawada Chennamaneni Ramesh seeking stay on a single judge order remanding the issue of his citizenship back to the Union government.

Following the bench’s decision, the Vemulawada MLA withdrew his petition.

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