The Madras High Court on Wednesday declined to issue a direction to the Election Commission (EC) to postpone the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Polling in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry is scheduled for April 13. In its common order disposing of writ petitions seeking postponement of elections, the First Bench, comprising Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam, said after giving anxious consideration in the matter, it was of the view that since the elections would be held in Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory after all the examinations, including higher secondary exams, are over, it did not think it just and proper to direct the EC to postpone the elections. However, the court imposed conditions that should be strictly followed by the election authorities.

One condition was that there should be no election campaigning by any political party, its followers or sympathisers within 200 metres of any school designated as an examination centre.

The Makkal Sakthi Katchi, represented by its State steering committee member, Siva Elango, Guru Appasamy of Periya Thachur in Villupuram district and K. Rajenthren, an advocate of Mayiladuthurai, sought a direction to the EC to reschedule the elections. They submitted that the postponement was required considering the welfare of students who have to write their annual examinations.

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