Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Pradesh Congress on Tuesday demanded postponement of the upcoming Pipili by-election in view of the Covid-19 disaster that has hit the nation in addition to the State. The bypoll is scheduled to be held on Might 16.
At press meet, senior Congress chief and govt PCC president Pradeep Majhi mentioned that the election doesn’t imply something now whereas individuals are grappling with Covid-19 disaster. Human lives are extra treasured than something now, he mentioned.
“At a time when well being specialists are of the opinion that Corona would hit its peak in mid-Might, election at the moment shouldn’t be carried out at the price of human lives. Is election essential than the human lives throughout a pandemic disaster? The bypoll must be deferred till the State and Central authorities introduced the disaster below management,” Majhi mentioned.
The state of affairs in Pipili-Delanga is so precarious that individuals are not permitting political leaders to enter their village now. So, how can the ballot marketing campaign happen there?, he requested.
Whereas interesting to the Election Fee to place up the bypoll, Majhi additionally sought coopearation from the BJP and BJD on this regard.
However, ruling BJD and Opposition BJP within the State hit again on the Congress.
The BJP dubbed the Congress get together’s proposal as political gimmick. “The proposal what has introduced by the Congress get together has no base and it is part of their political gimmick. There isn’t any occasion anyplace in India concerning cancellation of elections as soon as the notification is issued by the Election Fee,” BJP State normal secretary Prithviraj Harichandan mentioned.
“If we go to the ballot in a really self-discipline method in strict adherence to applicable covid conduct, secure polls could possibly be carried out there,” he added.
BJD vp Debi Prasad Mishra mentioned “The directive of Election Fee, which is the statuary physique of the structure, is being applied. The state authorities has nothing to do with it. Chief Minister has additionally strictly directed us not maintain large rallies within the bypoll-bound Pipili. Solely a handful of leaders with candidate can canvass for there.”