Bihar polls will likely be held on time: EC sources

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23

Even as a number of of the events demanded postponement of the Assembly elections in Bihar in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, sources within the Election Commission (EC) have mentioned the elections could be held on time.

The time period of the 243-member Bihar legislative Assembly involves an finish on November 29 and indications rising out of the ballot panel counsel that elections could possibly be held someday in October-November. “We are preparing to hold assembly elections in Bihar well before the end of the term of the existing assembly,” mentioned a senior EC official.

The state’s principal opposition social gathering, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, has questioned the necessity for holding the elections amid the pandemic. The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), a constituent of the ruling NDA, has additionally urged the ballot panel to postpone the polls.

Political events had just lately responded to a letter from the EC in search of ideas on the way to conduct campaigning throughout the pandemic for the upcoming Bihar elections and sure different bypolls.

A few days in the past, the EC had come out with broad pointers to carry elections amid the pandemic.

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