The Election Commission on Saturday banned all rallies until January 15 due to the growing case of Kovid-19 and called on political parties to use digital media for campaigning.
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra has announced the dates for Assembly elections in five states.
The country’s major parties have welcomed the announcement of assembly elections in five states and while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expressed confidence of victory, its rivals like the Congress have claimed that people are waiting for the BJP to leave. These parties have appealed to the Commission to ensure equal opportunities in terms of the Covid-19 restrictions on electioneering. The BJP is in power in four of the five states – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur – while in Punjab it is allied with former chief minister Amarinder Singh and an Akali party in the ruling Congress and other parties AAP and Shiromani Akali. The party will contest against the BSP.
Electoral rallies and other events have been organized by the parties in the last few months to attract voters, and the electoral fervor has already risen in these states. However, the commission on Saturday banned all rallies until January 15 due to the growing case of Kovid-19 and called on political parties to use digital media for campaigning. BJP president JP Nadda said the people would bless the BJP again and his party would return to power with a huge majority and take development work to new heights. He urged the party workers to abide by the instructions given by the election administration regarding Kovid.
Randeep Surjewala, general secretary of the Congress and chief spokesperson of the party, said the party would fight hard and win again in Punjab and remove the BJP from power in the remaining four states. Surjewala said the elections provided a golden opportunity to tackle rising unemployment, crimes against women and atrocities against those with an anti-Dalit and anti-peasant mentality. He said that this is the chance to defeat BJP. The double engine governments of Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand have proved to be double failures, he claimed. Regarding the Election Commission not allowing election rallies, he said the electoral body should allow ‘nukkad’ meetings.
The SP said that all the conditions of the Election Commission will be complied with
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav has said that the people of Uttar Pradesh are waiting to bid farewell to the BJP government on March 10. Yadav said his party would abide by all the conditions set by the Election Commission. However, he appealed to the Election Commission to ensure that regional parties also get their due place on the digital platform, which is the “main” of the BJP. He requested the Election Commission to assist small parties suffering from lack of resources to organize virtual rallies during the seven-stage voting in the state. “We welcome the announcement of the date for the Uttar Pradesh elections,” Akhilesh said after announcing the seven-phase polls starting February 10 and ending March 7. The people of the state are waiting to bid farewell to the BJP on March 10.
The Aam Aadmi Party has said that we are fully prepared for the elections
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has called on the Election Commission to investigate the trend of violating the code of conduct in the ruling BJP. In a series of tweets, he welcomed the announcement and expressed confidence that the Election Commission would ensure fair, free and fair elections. After announcing the date of Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has said that they are ready for this election. The party’s national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Election date announced. Aam Aadmi Party ready. AAP has announced to contest in all four states except Manipur.”
Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will be held in 6 phases
In Uttar Pradesh, polling will be held on March 3 and 7, after February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27. In Punjab, it has been decided to hold elections in one phase. Voting in Punjab will take place on February 14. Similarly, elections will be held in Uttarakhand in one phase. Voting will be held here on February 14. Elections will be held in one phase in Goa. Voters will be able to exercise their voting right in Goa on 14 February. On the other hand, it has been decided to hold the polls in two phases in Manipur. Voting will be held in Manipur on February 26 and March 3. Votes will be counted on March 10 in all states.
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