Poll Deferred, But Reason Not Mentioned…….

The Tripura Election Commission has decided to defer general election to civic bodies in the state until February 27, 2021. The current civic bodies would be dissolving between December 17 and 20. In a notification, urban development department secretary Kiran Gitte said, “For every municipality, unless sooner dissolved, expiry of a period of five years from the date of its first meeting shall operate as its dissolution.” “The State Election Commission…has deferred general election to the municipalities of the state of Tripura until February 27, 2021. It is not possible to hold general elections to urban local bodies before the expiry of the period of five years as referred,” the order copy reads. But significantly the reason for deferment of municipality polls was not mentioned in the order copy. Meanwhile opposition aligning that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lost ground and is scared to compete in the polls immediately. “This is why they have deferred the elections”. Polls were held in Bihar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah also campaigned for them. Elections to local bodies were held in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Hyderabad. Even Bodoland Territorial Council election was held between 7 and 10 December 2020 to elect members to the Bodoland Territorial Council, the autonomous district council for the Bodoland Territorial Region in India. All 40 elected seats in the council were up for election. 

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