BJP urges EC to postpone Punjab Assembly polls

After Chief  Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, now the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has urged the Election Commission to postpone the February 14 assembly election in Punjab. The requests have been made in view of Guru Ravidas Jayanti as the birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas falls on February 16.

In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner on Sunday (January 16, 2022) seeking postponement of the election, Punjab BJP general secretary Subhash Sharma said, "The state has a substantial population of followers of Guru Ravidas ji, including the Scheduled Caste (SC) community which is about 32 per cent of the population of Punjab."

"On this pious occasion, millions of the devotees would visit Banaras in Uttar Pradesh to celebrate the gurparb. So it would not be possible for them to participate in the voting process. It is therefore requested to your goodself that the date of voting may be postponed so that these voters of Punjab could participate in the election process," he wrote.