In line with a notification by the ballot panel, voting for the 4 our bodies will happen on February 12 as an alternative of January 22. The fee, nonetheless, is but to announce when the votes can be counted. A senior ballot panel official mentioned counting could also be completed on February 15.
The Calcutta excessive court docket on Friday advised the state election fee (SEC) to contemplate suspending civic elections by 4 to 6 weeks. A division bench headed by chief justice Prakash Shrivastava additionally advised the fee to take a call inside a interval of 48 hours.
“We welcome the (state) election fee’s choice. The Calcutta excessive court docket directed the panel to contemplate suspending the polls. The state authorities knowledgeable the fee that it has no objection if polls had been deferred retaining in thoughts public security. The ballot panel postponed it. We are going to abide by the choice,” mentioned Saugata Roy, TMC MP.
Elections to the Kolkata Municipal Company had been held on December 19. The state election fee earlier scheduled polls to 4 civic our bodies, Asansol, Bidhannagar, Siliguri and Chandannagar for January 22, Counting was scheduled to be held on January 25.
However with Covid-19 instances rising alarmingly, a petition was filed within the excessive court docket to hunt instructions to the state election fee to place off the polls.
“We had appealed to the fee to defer the polls as Covid-19 instances have risen alarmingly within the state. On this scenario, free and truthful elections can’t be held as individuals could be scared to go to the polling station. Later many different (political events) echoed us. The Calcutta excessive court docket directed the ballot panel to postpone the elections by 4 to 6 weeks. It has been postponed by three weeks. We thank the fee,” mentioned Sukanta Majumdar, president of the BJP’s state unit.
In line with union well being ministry knowledge on Saturday, Bengal has 1,45,483 lively Covid instances.
On Thursday the state authorities advised the court docket that when the election dates had been introduced, the state authorities has no position and solely the ballot panel may defer it. The ballot panel, alternatively, knowledgeable the court docket that the fee doesn’t have the ability to defer the election dates as soon as the dates have been notified until the state authorities declares such a catastrophe or an emergency which can make it unattainable to carry such election.
“This might have been introduced earlier. However as an alternative, the state authorities and the ballot panel pushed the ball to one another’s court docket. Now that the excessive court docket has ordered they had been left with no choice,” mentioned Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, chief of the Congress social gathering within the Lok Sabha.