CEC Sushil Chandra to decide on postponement of UP polls next week

The CEC also assure that whatever is required will be done as per the “Constitutional position” to check the spread of the virus.

A day after the Allahabad High Court suggested postponing the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections and raised concern overspreading of Omicron.

A single bench of Justice Shekhar Yadav on Thursday urged the central government to stop political rallies from being held in the election-bound states amid rising cases of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 and postponing the UP assembly elections for a month or two.

Justice Yadav also added, “Today again elections to the Vidhan Sabha in UP are near, for which political parties are holding massive rallies and meetings and gatherings which attracts lakhs of the crowd. It is not possible to follow the Covid protocol in these programmes. If this is not stopped in time, then the outcome will be more frightening than the second wave.”

The Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra was asked in a press briefing whether the postponing of UP polls is possible as the Allahabad High Court has expressed its concerns over the rising cases of the new covid variant. The CEC said, ‘I will be visiting Uttar Pradesh next week. A decision will be taken after accessing the whole ground situation.’

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