Election heat returns in Kerala despite pandemic
Thiruvananthapuram: The unexpected declaration of the by-elections shocked all parties and leaders in the state. It has been 9 months since Thomas Chandy MLA passed away and since the demise of Vijayan Pillai MLA. As per the guidelines, by-elections will have to be held within six months from the date of occurrence of the vacancy. Section 151 (A) of the Representation of the People Act mandates that by-election should be held only if there is at least one-year duration left in the tenure.
The State Election Commission and State Government informed the Central Election Commission that the by-election does not have to be held in the context of the pandemic.
The notification for the next assembly election will be released in the first half of March and the Local Self Government polls will be held in October. If the by-election is held in November, the newly elected MLAs will only be in office for 4 or 5 months.
BJP to field newcomers
BJP contested the last election from Chavara and BDJS from Kuttanad. Although Subhash Vasu put up a great fight in Kuttanad, he has distanced himself from the SNDP leadership since. BJP is planning to field newcomers in both the constituencies this time.