With the Trinamul Congress approaching the electoral commission on Thursday to hold the upcoming state elections, the possibility of an early election cannot be ruled out. According to the regulations, Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee must win an election before November 2nd in order to continue in office.
A five-member delegation of TMC MPs, including Sougata Roy, Jwahar Sircar, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Sajda Ahmed and Mohua Moitra, will meet with the electoral commissioner on Thursday at 3:15 p.m., according to a party announcement. You will again ask the commission to conduct the surveys in the state.
Former five MPs, led by the party chairman in parliament, Sudip Bandopadhyay, met with the chief election commissioner in July this year and asked him to hold the upcoming elections in the state. Bandopadhyay said that the EBI had assured them that the surveys would be carried out at the time, but even after more than a month nothing had been done about it.
“In October, elections are impossible because Durga Puja takes place followed by several other festivals and in this case the EBI only has the month of September to hold the elections. The state’s Covid situation is well under control and we’ve been pushing the polls for a long time. We even reached out to the EBI and asked them to conduct surveys, but nothing has been done so far, ”said a senior party leader on condition of anonymity.
According to the ECI rules, elections can take place on the 24th day after the announcement of the election dates. In general, the commission has 10 days to prepare and candidates have 14 days to campaign. Sources also said that even a large part of the commission is ready to complete the polling process by the end of September. In the festive month of October, it will be extremely difficult to get government officials and personnel to participate in elections.
“It is practically impossible to hold elections during the festival month of October. In any case, the surveys must be completed by September. But it should be remembered that only the ECI can have the final say in the Assembly’s votes. If for any reason the ECI decides to postpone the elections, neither a state government nor a political party will be able to do anything. But with the impact of Covid-19 in the state now much smaller, we can expect the ECI to complete the electoral process by September, “said a senior party leader.