A memorandum was submitted to the Election Commission by Parindu Bhagat, Gujarat BJP’s legal cell in-charge for elections and its administrative in-charge Kaushik Patel on Monday, in effect suggesting that the Gujarat elections should be held between December 14 and January 14. According to The Indian Express, the reason for this suggestion is that during that particular period, there are no Hindu weddings that take place in the country. The memorandum withheld nine suggestions that were presented to the Chief Election Commissioner, A K Jyoti.
It said, “It is pertinent to note that no marriage ceremonies take place between 14th of December up till 14th of January. This period is not considered appropriate for marriage ceremonies as per Hindu religion. Therefore, considering this fact, it is requested if the date of the election is considered somewhere between 14th December to 14th January.” The memorandum also suggested that the distance between the campaign offices of the political parties and the polling stations should be lessened from 200 metres to 50-100 metres.
As reported by IE, the BJP’s memorandum also asked the EC to provide a single window system for all the legal documentation during polling. It further suggested that election should be celebrated in the form of a festival, ensuring maximum participation. The memorandum also asked the commission to simplify the rules and regulations of the election and for a meeting to held with all political parties before the election began.