New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Citing an “alarming exponential surge” of Coronavirus cases across the state of Bihar, various opposition parties have written to the Election Commission of India, asking it to review if free and fair polls can be held during these times of pandemic or not.

The political parties, which include, Indian National Congress (INC), Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, and Hindustani Awam Morcha – have written to ECI while highlighting the fear that the “poll exercise does not become a super spreader event”.

“It is safe to assume that there are many more infected people who are either asymptomatic or have not yet been tested in the state, making their public movement a risk for others around them. It is also projected that infections would cross a million in Bihar by the tentative election schedules in October-November,” the letter stated.

 

The political parties asked the Election Commission, as to how something as important as physical distancing is maintained in the times of a contagion pandemic spread, in a state with a population of 13 Crore people with over 7.5 crore eligible voters.

The parties called for an “explicit clarity” on the same, so as to ensure the maximum participation of the voters. “People need explicit clarity so that wholesome participation of the majority of voters is not adversely impacted. People also expect the commission to ensure and satisfy the people that entire poll exercise does not become a super spreader event,” the letter said.

 

Bihar is likely to go to polls before the end of this year. The state currently has 243 Assembly seats, of which NDA parties – Bhartiya Janata Party (54), Janata Dal (United) (70), and Lok Janshakti Party (2) enjoy the majority with 131 seats along with five Independents. RJD and Congress have eighty and twenty-six MLAs respectively in the 243-seat state assembly.

Posted By: Talib Khan