All major political parties in Uttar Pradesh have urged the Electoral Commission of India (ECI) not to postpone the 2022 assembly elections in the state after concerns about the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra, Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey and other senior ECI officials held meetings with representatives of national and recognized political parties in Lucknow until Tuesday evening.
The EBI is on a three-day visit to Lucknow to assess the soil situation.
The delegation from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led by JPS Rathore, the delegation from the Samajwadi Party (SP) led by Naresh Uttam Patel, the delegation from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mewalal Gautam, the congress delegation Under the leadership of Onkar Nath Singh and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD.)), the delegation led by Anil Dubey called on the EBI to hold the elections as planned amid strict Covid-19 protocols.
After the meeting, the President of the SP State Unit Naresh Uttam Patel said: “The SP called on the ECI to hold assembly elections according to the schedule with strict implementation of Covid-friendly behavior in order to curb the increase in Covid cases. The ECI should have doubts about the general election with the announcement of the election plan. “
BJP State Unit Vice President Rathore said the general election should be held as planned, but the final decision rests with the ECI.
“The BJP informed the electoral body that in view of the possible third wave, appropriate precautions should be taken in the polling stations.
“We made three demands. First, in order to prevent multiple elections by a single person, we called for a proper screening of burqa-clad voters in polling stations and the use of policewomen in each booth. Our second request was to ensure a voting booth for all members of one family. And third, moving voting booths in densely populated areas to avoid mass gatherings in the face of the corona pandemic, “he added.
Meanwhile, Congress demanded the removal of the additional chief secretary (Home) before the elections.
“ACS home Avanish Kumar Awasthi should not be part of election management, he should be transferred before the code of conduct. It is in the public domain that, despite being a government official, he retweeted the tweets of Union ministers programs and government programs by retweeting, “Congress said in a letter to the ECI signed by Onkar Nath Singh, Virender Madan and Mohammad Anas Khan.
RLD National Secretary Anil Dubey said: “The ECI must provide a list of voters over 80 years of age and particularly challenge all parties.”
The SP claims there are 40 lakh voters in the state who are over 80 years old or who are particularly challenged.
The BSP demanded a strict implementation of the model code of conduct.
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