Election Commission pushes Punjab polls to February 20 to avoid clash with Guru Ravidas Jayanti

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NEW DELHI : The Election Commission of India on Monday rescheduled the assembly elections in Punjab to February 20 after the political parties mentioned the survey board to space it until after the celebration of Guru Ravidas Jayanti, which will be commended on February 16.

Surveying in Punjab was before planned for February 14. Ideological groups had let the EC know that numerous electors could miss surveying assuming it were held only two days before Guru Ravidas Jayanti.

“They have brought to see that an enormous number of lovers begin moving for Varanasi around seven days before the day of the festival, and keeping the survey day on February 14, 2022 will deny countless balloters from casting a ballot,” the EC said in an assertion. “[Following] inputs from the state government and the boss appointive official, past priority, and [considering] all realities and conditions regarding the present situation, the commission has chosen to reschedule [the polls].”

Master Ravidas Jayanti is a celebration that is famous among the Dalit people group, which makes up over 30% of Punjab’s electorate at the approaching races.

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A senior authority said that at first the EC felt that booking the surveys two days before the celebration would be proper, however Punjab boss clergyman Charanjit Singh Channi called attention to that numerous lovers would travel Varanasi not long prior to surveying day.

Channi sent across a letter, mentioning the public appointive body to delay the gathering surveys “for empowering around 2,000,000 SC aficionados to use their entitlement to cast a ballot” in Punjab.

The Punjab CM’s supplication was trailed by similiar demands by the Shiromani Akali Dal, the Bhartiya Janata Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and different gatherings challenging the races in the state.

The counting day for the Punjab surveys continues as before for all, which is March 10.

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