What is Soumya Gurjar’s case?
To understand the matter of premature by-elections for the post of mayor in the Greater Municipal Corporation of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, will have to go in the year 2021. In fact, on June 4, 2021, there was a dispute with Mayor Soumya Gurjar, the then commissioner Yagyamitra Singh Deo and other councilors in the Jaipur Greater Municipal Corporation office. On June 6, the Ashok Gehlot government of Rajasthan had suspended all of them, considering the four guilty.
Mayor Soumya Gurjar was sacked by the government
In this case, on June 7, the government made Sheel Dhabai as the caretaker mayor. After this, Soumya Gurjar went to the High Court and later to the Supreme Court. On 23 September 2022, the Supreme Court, after hearing the matter, disposed of the petition, freeing the Rajasthan government to proceed. On September 27, the then Mayor of Jaipur Greater Municipal Corporation, Soumya Gurjar was sacked by the government. Then the Rajasthan Election Commission had announced the election of the new mayor of Jaipur Greater Municipal Corporation.
Rashmi from BJP and Hema from Congress
In the Jaipur Greater Municipal Corporation mayor by-election 2022, Rashmi Saini from BJP and Hema Singhania from Congress contested. Hema claimed that 49 Congress councilors and 5 independent councilors are with her. Councilors dissatisfied with BJP are also with him. Whereas, Rashmi was assuming victory with the claim of 85 councilors of her party being united. In the Greater Municipal Corporation with 146 councilors, 85 of the BJP, 49 of the Congress, 12 independents and four are vacant.
Counting stopped by court order
Here, on Thursday afternoon, the counting of votes was going on to elect a new mayor in the Greater Municipal Corporation, Jaipur. On the other hand, on the petition of Soumya Gurjar, Justice Mahendra Goel of the High Court quashed the order of dismissing the mayor of the government. He directed the government to bring a new order. The High Court had put a stay around 12 noon, but its written order did not come.
Counting stopped by showing e-mail
Soumya Gurjar’s lawyer MS Saharan sent an e-mail to the State Election Commissioner and Returning Officer at 1 pm urging the by-election process to be stopped, citing the High Court’s order. Shortly after receiving the e-mail, the State Election Commission stopped the counting of votes and sealed the ballot boxes.