Bihar Elections 2020
Bihar Elections 2020
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Plea in Supreme Court to defer Bihar elections till March 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic and floods

"... it will be better for the safety of the people of India to hold the said election sometime in the month of March, 2021 when the situation in the State is somewhat normalized....", the plea states.

Debayan Roy

A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court by the Rashtravadi Janata Party (RJP) seeking directions to the Election Commission of India to defer the Bihar elections scheduled for October and November this year, in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases.

The petition filed by the political party prays for the election to be held in March 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic would have subsided by then.

The plea also states that the recent Bihar floods would also cause difficulties in the conduct of the elections. It states,

"State is also undergoing flood situation and it will be better for the safety of the people of India to hold the said election sometime in the month of March, 2021 when the situation in the State is somewhat normalized so that the citizen can participate and cast their votes safely and without there being any threat either of pandemic or the flood."

Plea filed by RJP

The plea moved through the President of the RJP, by Advocate Binay Kumar Das, states that flood and COVID-19 has acted as as as "dual strike by the nature" which "have thrown the lives of the peoples in precarious condition".

The petitioner states that a representation highlighting these concerns was made before the Election Commission on June 30, to which no reply has been received till date.

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