COVID-19: PIL in SC seeks postponement of Bihar polls

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 7

Barely 10 days after the Supreme Court rejected a PIL searching for postponement of the following Bihar Assembly election, one other petition has been filed searching for a route to the Election Commission to reschedule it to March 2021 as a consequence of COVID19 and worsening flood scenario within the state.

Filed by Rastravadi Janata Party, a registered political get together by its president Anil Bharati, the PIL urged the highest courtroom to direct the Election Commission “to postpone the Bihar Legislative Assembly Election which is scheduled to be held in the month of October- November”.

It sought a route that the election be held someday within the month of March 2021 because the unfold of coronavirus pandemic was nonetheless at its peak throughout India and Bihar was going through each the pandemic and unprecedented floods that rendered tens of millions homeless.

Besides the EC, the PIL has made Union Home Ministry, Bihar authorities and state ballot panel as events to the petition. It mentioned a illustration for postponement of the meeting polls was made to the EC on June 30 and no determination had been taken on it until date.

The Supreme Court had on August 28 dismissed a PIL searching for to defer the Bihar meeting polls as a consequence of COVID19, saying the pandemic can’t be a floor for suspending elections.

“How can we ask the Election Commission of India (ECI) to not hold elections? COVID cannot be a valid ground for postponement of elections,” a Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan had informed petitioner Avinash Thakur.

The Election Commission would think about all the pieces, it mentioned, terming the petition “premature” as notification for the meeting polls was but to be issued. 

Thakur had sought a route to the Chief Election Commissioner to postpone the polls because of the COVID-19 pandemic on the bottom that the Representation of the People Act supplied for deferment of polls in extraordinary conditions.

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