Updated: March 24, 2020 1:09:55 pm
The Election Commission Tuesday postponed elections to 18 Rajya Sabha seats scheduled on March 26 in view of the lockdown imposed throughout India because of coronavirus.
“The prevailing unforeseen situation of public health emergency indicates the need for avoidance of possibilities of gatherings of any nature, which expose all concerned to possible health hazard. The poll process in the above said elections would necessarily include the gathering of polling officials, agents of political parties, support official and members of respective legislative assemblies on the poll day, which may not be suitable in view of the prevailing unforeseen situation and related advisories in the country,” the EC stated in an announcement.
Last week, 37 candidates got elected unopposed to the Upper House together with the likes of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Union minister Ramdas Athawale and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh.
Senior leaders comparable to Digvijaya Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Shibu Soren and Okay C Venugopal should contest the polls.
Among these, contests in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat shall be keenly watched after a number of Congress MLAs rebelled in these states, offering a headroom for the BJP candidates to elbow forward in a decent contest.
The EC will evaluation the scenario at a later
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