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Consider postponing civic elections amid Covid surge: Calcutta HC to SEC | Latest News India

The Calcutta HC on Friday directed the West Bengal election fee to take into account postponing the January 22 civic polls by 4 to six weeks in view of a surge in Covid-19 instances throughout the state.

ByHT Correspondent, Kolkata

The Calcutta excessive courtroom on Friday directed the West Bengal election fee to take into account postponing the January 22 civic elections by 4 to six weeks in view of a surge in Covid-19 instances throughout the state.

In an order dated January 13, 2022, the division bench of chief justice Prakash Shrivastava and justice Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee additionally directed the state ballot physique to clear its stand inside 48 hours.

The bench was listening to a public curiosity litigation filed by one Bimal Bhattacharya, searching for postponement of the polls.

The courtroom additionally noticed that the SEC also needs to take into account whether or not it’s doable to maintain free and honest polls in a peaceable method in such a state of affairs.

“Hence, we dispose of the present petition with a direction to the state election commission to consider the galloping speed with which the Covid-19 cases are increasing and also to take into account the issue if holding of elections in such a situation will be in the public interest and if free and fair elections will be possible on the dates notified, and take a decision in respect of the postponement of the date of elections of four municipal corporations for a short period of four to six weeks,” the courtroom stated.

Earlier, the state election fee had introduced that elections to the Bidhannagar, Chandannagar, Siliguri and Asansol municipal firms can be held on January 22. Bidhannagar falls in North 24 Parganas district.

Bengal on Friday reported 22,645 new Covid-19 instances — 822 lower than yesterday — which pushed the tally to 1,863,697, the well being division stated in its bulletin on Friday.

On January 14, HT had reported that the state grew to become the primary area within the nation the place the Covid-19 wave, or common each day instances, has surpassed the height of the brutal second wave.

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