Govt decides to cancel Assembly bypolls; seeks opposition’s opinion
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has decided to request for cancellation of the Assembly by-elections in the state. Following this, the government has sought the opinion of the opposition in this regard.
Meanwhile, the opposition took a stand that if the local body elections are being conducted, Assembly bypolls should also be carried out.
The state assembly will expire within 6 months. Hence, the newly-elected MLAs will be allowed to work in the post only till April, until the election model code of conduct comes into force. That is the newly-elected MLAs will be allowed to serve only for a maximum period of five months.
At the present circumstances of COVID-19 pandemic, the election should be conducted as per the COVID protocol.
Examining these facts, the state government is considering to cancel the bypolls. Chief Minister sought the opinion of the opposition regarding the polls as all political parties are to inform their decision on the polls to the Election Commission.
It is learned that the opposition will not approve cancellation of the bypolls only. The local body elections are also scheduled to be conducted during the pandemic. If these polls are postponed, bypolls can be avoided, asserted the opposition.
The opposition declared their stand that local self-government election should be postponed if Assembly bypolls are to be cancelled completely. However, they have not informed their stand to the government yet.
The state government held talks with the opposition leader to reach in a unanimous opinion on the by-elections. Chief Minsiter requested the opposition leader to consider the matter. It is reported that UDF discussed the matter in their meeting after this.
The period of service is the major factor which influenced the government to defer the bypolls. Apart from this, according to primary assumption of the Election Commission, over Rs 12 cr would be spent to conduct the polls as per COVID protocol. The Chief Electoral Officer already informed the Election Commission of India that there is no need to conduct the bypolls.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India will take a favourable decision regarding this only if all political parties unanimously demand it. They should file a plea before the Election Commission of India.
Examining these facts, the Chief Minister requested the support of the opposition leader. But the opposition demanded to postpone the LSG polls along with the cancellation of bypolls.