By-polls likely in state in November
CHRONICLE NEWS SERVICE
IMPHAL, 4th Sep: Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced that it has taken a decision to conduct Bihar assembly election and pending by-polls around the same time.
With the current term of Bihar Legislative Assembly set to lapse on November 29 this year, it is almost certain that by-polls to fill vacant seats of Manipur Legislative Assembly are likely to be conducted within November.
As per a notification issued Friday by the ECI, the commission had already discussed about Bihar legislative assembly election and pending by-polls for assembly and Parliamentary constituencies. By-polls are to be held for 64 Assembly constituencies in different states and one Parliamentary constituency, the ECI notification said.
The commission discussed requests made by chief secretaries and CEOs of some states for postponement of by-elections citing COVID-19 pandemic and flooding. Given the present term of Bihar Legislative Assembly lapsing on November 29, the commission decided to conduct both the by-polls and Bihar election around the same time. One major factor in clubbing them is relative ease of movement of central forces and related logistic issues, the ECI said in the statement. Meanwhile, Manipur might see conduct of by-elections in 13 assembly segments including Andro, Wangkhei, Wangoi, Wangjing-Tentha, Saitu, Singhat and Lilong. Interestingly, Manipur Legislative Assembly secretariat had declared Tamenglong, Henglep, Naoriya Pakhanglakpa, Lamlai and Kumbi assembly constituencies vacant following resignation/disqualification of members but some of them challenged the nature of disqualification and approached court and their cases remain pending.
Altogether 14 states of the country will go to the by-polls including 27 assembly segments of Madhya Pradesh after 27 INC MLAs resigned and joined BJP. Other states which will go for the by-polls are Chattisgarh, Haryana, Karnataka, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Kerala, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh besides Manipur.