The rising cases of Corona and its new variant Omicron Variant have created new concern amidst the progress of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. In view of the possible danger, the High Court had appealed to the Central Government to postpone the elections. On this, the Election Commission said to visit UP next week to take stock of the situation. However, the matter has also taken a political colour.
The reaction of senior Samajwadi Party leader and national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav has come amid an appeal to postpone the proposed election within the next few months. While not posing a serious threat to Omicron, he has termed it as an election gimmick of the BJP. Ramgopal said that why did the court say such a thing without appealing to anyone? The public is against the BJP and for this reason a gimmick is being created to postpone the election. Omprakash Rajbhar, president of Suheldev Samaj Party, believes something similar.
Now this suggestion of the Allahabad High Court has started the discussion whether the assembly elections should be postponed in the state. There is talk of political gain and loss. The opposition party believes that fearing defeat, the BJP wants to postpone the election. The statement of SP leader Ramgopal also indicates the same. He believes that the BJP is getting scared in view of the crowd gathering in Akhilesh’s meetings and rallies.
senior journalist Ramdutt Tripathi Said in a conversation with Navbharat Times Online, ‘The judge of the High Court who has made such an appeal, has been saying things outside his purview in the past. And right now the situation of corona in Uttar Pradesh is not serious. Even if there is a danger of corona, there is a big difference between conducting the election process with caution and postponing the election itself. I don’t think there will be any problem in conducting elections with care. The Election Commission of your country is an independent body, like the Supreme Court. But if pressure is created from any government side then it will be very wrong message. Doing so will prove to be undemocratic, which can have dire consequences.
Executive Editor of News Laundry Atul Chaurasia It is said that the judge of the court should know his field of work. Important issues and cases remain pending and opinion is given on non-urgent matters. But care should also be taken that there should not be any political rhetoric on any remark of the judge. Postponing elections is not a solution. Looking at the situation and preparedness of Covid, it can be done back and forth for a few days. Otherwise, after the end of the term, there may be a situation of President’s rule.
Atul Chaurasia says on the profit and loss of political parties that in the event of postponement of elections, no one will be in a position to gain. Now the election of UP has come in its full mode. BJP is also spending a lot on election campaign and Akhilesh, who is seen as the main opposition face, is also opening the cards. He has so far held rallies and meetings in half the state. In the event of postponement, there will be financial loss. At the same time, there will be pressure to start the election campaign afresh. Yes, BJP can definitely get some benefit of being in power.
Regarding the attitude of UP’s political fiza, Ramdutt Tripathi says that many types of differences arise in the minds of the public regarding the ruling party. And Akhilesh Yadav is currently majorly challenging the BJP in the state. But still the next 2-3 months will prove to be crucial. In the last election held in 2017, the BJP secured a three-fourth majority in the UP Assembly for the first time by winning 312 seats. On the other hand, Samajwadi Party and Congress alliance led by Akhilesh Yadav could win 54 seats. Apart from this, former Chief Minister of the state Mayawati’s BSP was reduced to 19 seats.
The Allahabad High Court has requested the Prime Minister and the Election Commission to ban election rallies in view of the increasing cases of the new variant Omicron in the country and abroad. The court said that political parties should be asked to campaign through TV and newspapers. The Prime Minister should also consider postponing the elections for a month or two, because if there is life, there is a world. On this, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra has said that he will come to UP next week.
Election Commission team is coming to Uttar Pradesh. The team will be in Uttar Pradesh between December 28 and 29. During this, District Magistrates, SPs and SSPs from all the districts of UP have been called to Lucknow, the capital of UP. After meeting with the officials, the commission will discuss about the elections. Based on the feedback, a decision can also be taken on postponing the elections. At present, the decision will depend only on the feedback and report coming after the meeting.
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Assembly elections are going to be held in Uttar Pradesh, the state with the largest population in the country. This time this election is to be held for the 18th assembly consisting of 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh. Let us tell you that the tenure of the 17th Legislative Assembly is till 15 May. Last time elections for 403 seats for the 17th Assembly were held in 7 phases from 11 February to 8 March 2017. About 61 percent of the voters exercised their franchise. Of which more than 63 percent were women, while the percentage of men was about 60 percent.