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The Supreme Court today directed the Election Commission of India to pass appropriate orders in a plea seeking an early start to polling in the coming phases of the Lok Sabha elections.
In the petition moved by Advocate Mohammad Nizamuddin Pasha, it was prayed that the polling in the remaining three phases of the Lok Sabha elections begin sooner than 7 in the morning.
The reasons cited for the same was the declaration of a possible heat wave during those days by the meteorological department, as well as the beginning of the month of Ramzan.
The matter was mentioned by Senior Advocate Meenakshi Arora, who argued that since the polling time cannot be extended in the evening owing to the heat wave, the process should be allowed to begin sooner than usual.
The Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna has asked the Election Commission to look into the matter and pass appropriate orders.