In view of the surge in COVID-19 circumstances, the West Bengal BJP on Friday wrote to the State Election Fee (SEC) requesting to postpone the municipality elections for a month.
“We wish to add for the reason that notification of mentioned elections on December 28, 2021, as per the Bulletin of the Division of Well being and Household Welfare, Authorities of West Bengal, the every day reported COVID circumstances jumped from 732 to 23,467 on 13 January 2022,” it mentioned.
The BJP mentioned that the positivity fee has additionally jumped from 2.35 per cent on 28 December 2021 to 32.13 per cent on 13 January 2022 within the state.
“We draw your consideration to the Order of the Hon’ble Excessive Courtroom at Calcutta quote “Therefore, we get rid of the current petition with a path to the State Election Fee to contemplate the galloping velocity with which the COVID circumstances are growing and likewise to have in mind the difficulty if holding of elections in such a state of affairs will likely be within the public curiosity and if free and honest elections will likely be doable on the dates notified, and take a call in respect of the postponement of the date of elections of aforesaid 4 Municipal Firms for a brief interval of 4 to six weeks” unquote,” learn the letter.
The get together additional mentioned that the Excessive Courtroom has additionally directed SEC to contemplate the galloping velocity with which the COVID-19 circumstances are rising.
It mentioned that the Courtroom has raised the difficulty of public curiosity, and the query of free and honest polls in such circumstances.
“Sir a democracy is all about its folks and so are elections. No objective will likely be served by exposing the voters to the chance of getting contaminated, to conduct elections that are already delayed by between 1.5 and a couple of.5 years,” it added.
It additional mentioned, “As soon as once more Bharatiya Janata get together calls upon the State Election Fee to right away announce the postponement of the 4 Municipal Company polls due on 22 January 2022 by 4 to 6 weeks, in peoples’ curiosity, failing which we’ll maintain you liable for any opposed occurring.”
Earlier on Friday, the Calcutta Excessive Courtroom has directed the State Election Fee to contemplate the postponement of 4 civic polls for four-six weeks as a result of surge in COVID-19 circumstances.
The court docket had ordered State Election Fee to clear its stand inside 48 hours.
The elections of 4 Municipal Firms, specifically Siliguri Municipal Company, Chandernagore Municipal Company, Bidhannagar Municipal Company and Asansol Municipal Company have been earlier slated to be held on January 22, 2022, in keeping with an order by the State Election Fee.
Nevertheless, the Excessive Courtroom has postponed the elections for 4-6 weeks citing that the third wave of COVID-19 has hit the state and that the lifetime of the residents of the State will likely be put to risk if the elections are held.