The fate of the five state assembly votes is suddenly in question. Amicron’s frown on the one hand and the Allahabad High Court judge’s order on the other have left the country’s election commission worried. Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra will hold a meeting with Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Monday to decide the fate of the votes. Then the commission members will go to Uttar Pradesh. After a three-day visit, they will return to Delhi on December 30 to settle their grievances. Until then, the veil of uncertainty is hanging.
Assembly votes were held in large states like West Bengal, Assam and Kerala during the second wave of Kovid. The West Bengal vote was held in eight stages. The Election Commission had to read about him in the face of strong criticism. The commission had to hear why the rally was not stopped, why the road show was not banned. Earlier in the day, Allahabad High Court Justice Shekhar Yadav had suggested postponing the Uttar Pradesh elections for some time.
During a hearing on a case last Friday, he said that the prevalence of new-look covid has started to increase. Electoral rallies need to be banned to deal with the situation. The Uttar Pradesh vote should be postponed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Election Commission need to think about this. The judge also directed the Election Commission to convey his opinion.
The Election Commission just sat motionless knowing the opinion of the High Court. Without delay, the Election Commission sought to understand the prevalence of amicus and its possible response to the five-state vote. According to a source in the commission, the issue of public safety is important. The commission is wary of any criticism of the West Bengal vote. According to sources, the commission will consult with all concerned before making a final decision.
Although the incidence of emissions has increased in India, it has not yet reached the level of exaggeration. But despite this, experts are advising everyone to be careful. Prime Minister Modi also said so after the emergency meeting on amicron.
According to the commission, the Allahabad High Court judge had said that the polls in Uttar Pradesh would be postponed but the commission would decide on the five states. The commission has already issued several guidelines on campaigning. The problem is, none of those parties have complied before, not yet. This is what happened in West Bengal. Thousands of people crowded the public meetings. The same thing is happening in Uttar Pradesh now. Before announcing the polling day, Modi is repeatedly going to the state to announce various projects. Huge crowds are gathering at his public meeting. Public meetings of opposition leaders are equally competitive. As a result, the risk of infection is increasing. Speculation is rife about what the commission will do now.
New assemblies will be formed in February and March next year in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. Voting is expected in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat at the end of the year. The BJP is in power in each of the seven states except Punjab.
Ruling parties in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Goa are under intense pressure. BJP is cornered in the peasant movement in all the three states. Opposition forces are also strong. In this situation, a section of the ruling party thinks that if the vote is delayed for some time, the BJP will have extra time to tidy the house. Outraged BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy has already tweeted that the people of Uttar Pradesh are angry with Chief Minister Adityanath. Withdrawal of votes there means the imposition of presidential rule. There is no harm in BJP’s profit book. He will not be surprised if the polls in Uttar Pradesh slip.
The practice of how ‘political’ Justice Shekhar Yadav’s advice has started has also begun. During the hearing of various cases, he has recently made such remarks, which are quite discussed in public life. As he said in a case related to cow slaughter last September, ‘Cows should be declared national animals. Gorkha is a fundamental right of Hindus. ‘The next month, he suggested that Rama, Krishna, Ramayana, Gita, Rishi Balmiki and Bedavas should be given national status and brought under heritage. Said, India is incomplete without Ram. India’s great cultural heritage should be a must read in school. He also made some remarks on conversion, which were uttered by “extremist Hindutvaists”.
In Uttar Pradesh, the issue of whether the judge’s advice to protect the cornered Hindutva activists is also coming up in the political discussions.