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Postpone Bihar elections, says RJP plea to SC

New Delhi: The Rashtravadi Janata Party (RJP) has approached the Supreme Court seeking postponement of the Bihar assembly elections scheduled to be held in the month of October- November this year, in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The political party has filed the plea seeking directions to the Election Commission of India to hold the election sometime in the month of March, 2021 as the spread of corona virus pandemic is still on its peak in India and the State is presently undergoing flood situation.

The plea has stated that it will be better for the safety of the people of India if the election is held later in March when the situation in the state is somewhat normalised so that the citizens can participate and cast their votes safely without being under any threat of pandemic or the flood. The plea seeks the enforcement of the fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19 & 21 of the Constitution of India.  

According to the petitioner, other than the pandemic, the torrential rain Bihar has led to overflowing of the rivers and caused flood situation in the entire State, resulting in millions of peoples of the State becoming homeless suffering for their livelihood.  Therefore, under these extraordinary circumstances, the Government should not take such a risk of giving them the burden to cast their votes in this dire situation.  

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The plea states that it is the duty of the Government to provide safety to its citizen first and thereafter do any other activities. The petitioner had also given a representation on June 30th 2020 to the Chief Election Commissioner of Election Commission of India, New Delhi but till date, no decision on the said representation has been taken.

-India Legal Bureau

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