Several political parties had demanded the Election Commission to change the date of voting for the Punjab Legislative Assembly elections.
New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) has changed the date of voting for the Punjab Legislative Assembly elections. Now instead of 14 February, voting will be held on 20 February. The Election Commission has taken this decision after receiving letters from many political parties regarding changing the date of voting. The Election Commission had held a meeting today (on Monday) to discuss the issue.
Election Commission changed the date of polling
Let us inform that the Congress, BJP and former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh's party Punjab Lok Congress (PLC) had written to the Election Commission that the date of voting for the Punjab Legislative Assembly elections should not be kept as February 14 due to Ravidas Jayanti, a large number of Scheduled Caste (SC) people will be outside the state on that day. They can go to Varanasi in UP. In such a situation, those people will not be able to vote and will be deprived of the right to vote.
What was the demand of political parties?
BJP, Congress and Punjab Lok Congress had written to the Election Commission demanding that the date of voting for the Punjab Legislative Assembly elections be shifted to 16 February instead of 14 February. The Scheduled Caste people should not be deprived of the right to vote.
Polling will be held in one phase in Punjab
Let us tell you that the Legislative Assembly elections in Punjab will be held in one phase. Earlier, the Election Commission had announced that the votes would be cast on February 14 and the results would be declared on March 10. However, now the date of voting has been changed to 16 February. On January 8, the Election Commission had announced the dates for the Punjab Legislative Assembly elections.
It is worth noting that at present there is a Congress government in Punjab. In the Legislative Assembly elections, a tough competition is being considered between the alliance of Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Akali Dal and BJP-Punjab Lok Congress. All the political parties have given full force to win the election.