Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra on Thursday said all political parties in Uttar Pradesh want the Assembly elections to be held according to schedule while ensuring Covid protocol. The CEC also asked the state to step up coronavirus vaccination. The number of polling booths will be increased and the voting time enhanced by an hour, he said, adding polling officials will be vaccinated and those eligible will be given a booster dose. Chandra said some parties have also expressed concern over hate speeches, paid news and “biased” officials. On a three-day visit to Lucknow to review preparations for the elections slated to be held before mid-March, Chandra held a series of meetings with representatives of political parties as well as state and district-level officials.
Addressing a rally in Haldwani, PM Modi accused the previous Uttarakhand governments of “looting” the state and doing nothing for its development. Modi on Thursday accused successive Congress governments at the Centre and in Uttarakhand of dragging their feet for decades over development projects, forcing people to migrate from their villages in the state.
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All political parties in Uttar Pradesh are in favour of holding the assembly elections on time, says Election Commission
It is learnt that the Election Commission is unlikely to postpone the assembly elections in five states and may also not ban election rallies, reported News18.