After Congress, BJP asks EC to postpone Punjab election
Chandigarh, Jan 16: After Congress, Punjab BJP has urged the Election Commission of India to postpone the February 14 assembly polls by six days in view of Guru Ravidas Jayanti.
"As per the election schedule announced by the election commission, the voting for Punjab Vidhan Sabha is scheduled for 14-02-2022. The Gurupurab of Guru Ravidas falls on February 16. The states of Punjab has substantial population of Guru Ravidas, including Scheduled Castes community, which contributes around 32 per cent of the state's population. On this pious occasion, millions of their devotess would visit Banaras in Uttar Pradesh to celebrate Gurupurab. So, it would not be poosible for them to participate in the voting process," the BJP said in a statement.
"It is therefore requested to your goodself that the date of voting may be postponed so that these voters of Punjab could participate in the election process," it added.
In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi wrote that it was brought to his notice by some representatives of the Scheduled Castes community, which contributes around 32 per cent of the state's population, that the birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas falls on February 16.
"On this occasion, a large number of SC devotees (about 20 lakh) from the state are likely to visit Banaras in Uttar Pradesh from February 10 to 16," Channi wrote.
"In such a situation, many people from this community would not be able to cast their votes for the state assembly, which is otherwise their constitutional right," he stated in the letter written on January 13.
"They have requested that the voting date may be extended in such a way that they are able to visit Banaras from February 10 to February 16 as also participate in the assembly elections," he said.
Channi said, "It is considered fair and appropriate that the voting for Punjab assembly elections 2022, may be postponed for at least six days, enabling about 20 lakh people to utilise their right to vote for the state legislative assembly."
Voting for Punjab's 117 assembly seats will be held on February 14 and the counting of votes will take place on March 10.