Will Upcoming Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh Elections Be Postponed?

by GoNews Desk Edited by GoNews DeskDec 25, 2021 • 10:36 AM Views 1105


Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and his team are on a two-day visit to Uttarakhand to review the elections situtation. The official account of Election Commission of India tweeted on Thursday that the two day visit would review the poll preparedness of the state. 

The team consists of Election Commission officials Rajiv Kumar and Anoop Chandra as well. The Chief Election Commissioner and his team held a meeting on December 23 with the Chief Electoral Officer, all District Election Officers, State Nodal Police Officers and all Superintendents of Police.

Election officials will also be meeting with the representatives of political parties. According to latest media report, upcoming assembly elections to be held in 2022 may be postponed amid concern of surge in Omicron variant cases. 

Elections are to be held in seven states next year, of which Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa will go to polls in the first six months. As of December 2021, the Omicron variant of corona infection has been confirmed in 16 states and union territories so far. There is talk of postponing the election in this context so that the situation does not worsen.

A meeting of the Election Commission and the Union Health Secretary is likely to be held later this month on December 27, after which the further strategy for the election preparation can be decided. 

On 23 December, Allahabad High Court urged the Election Commission to postpone U.P assembly elections by a month of two. Massive crowds can be seen gathering in Uttar Pradesh, throning election rallies of political biggies including Akhilesh Yadav, Priyanka Gandhi and BJP leaders.

A bench of Shekhar Kumar Yadav in Allahabad High Court requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop political rallies and election campaigns. However, this request of the Allahabad High Court is also being criticized. Critics say that the central government is trying to postpone the elections fearing defeat of its party and this request of the Allahabad High Court is a link to that.

P.M Modi has also called a cabinet meeting on 29 December to review Covid-19, situation, surge in cases of new variant Omicron and the alleged possibilities of a third wave in India. It is also believed that, in the meantime, there can be a discussion regarding the election. 

In March last year, elections were held in five states including West Bengal and in the month of April-May Covid-19 second wave was at its peak wherein a large number of people also died. Allahabad HC judge observations. 

During the second wave of Covid-19, however, the Prime Minister and the Home Minister together held 70 rallies only in West Bengal. Massive crowds were also seen in TMC Leader Mamata Banerjee's rallies. Gonews has already reported that the delay in elections by a month or two in Uttar Pradesh may affect the vote bank bank of of Muslim population residing in the state. 

In 2022, the fasting period of Ramzan will begin in April and conclude in May, thereby, may result in lower participation of Muslim women voters. U.P assembly has been scheduled to go to polls in February to March, but there are speculations that it may be postponed to April-May in the next year.