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Congress chief Amit Chavda demands delay of GMC polls

Gandhinagar: The Congress party wrote to state election commissioner Sanjay Prasad requesting him to postpone the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) elections owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

The party demanded that polls be held only after the pandemic situation improves.

In a letter by Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) chief Amit Chavda, the opposition party mentioned that it had demanded conclusion of the GMC election along with other local body polls held in February 2021.

“A night curfew has been imposed and it has affected the livelihoods of many people. It will be better if the election is not held at this time,” said Chavda.

The state unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also appealed to the state election commission (SEC) to postpone Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) elections, owing to the rise in COVID-19 cases.

In a letter to the state body, the party requested that polls be pushed back as mentioned in the notification issued by it on March 19, 2021, declaring elections for the civic body.

The legal cell of AAP Gujarat made its case by stating that forthcoming elections must be postponed in view of the new peak in the pandemic caused by novel coronavirus. 

“Putting people’s lives at risk, when the state election commission has powers to postpone elections for three months is an inappropriate decision.

We, therefore, request the Election Commission to withdraw the notification and postpone elections for 3 months exercising their powers for the same,” stated the letter.

Meanwhile, Khoraj village, which was recently put under GMC jurisdiction, has declared a boycott of the election.

More than 200 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in the village.

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