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 percent of the population of Punjab.”
“On this pious occasion, millions of the devotees would visit Banaras in Uttar Pradesh to celebrate the gurpurab. 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.
Former chief minister Amarinder Singh-led Punjab Lok Congress (PLC) also supported the demand for postponing the voting for Punjab’s 117 assembly seats by a week.
“Tens of thousands of people from Punjab visit Banaras every year around Guru Ravidas Jayanti,” said PLC general secretary Kamal Sainí in a letter to the poll panel. “Since elections are scheduled two days before Guru Ravidas Jayanti, many voters may be denied the chance to exercise the franchise as they will be away to Banaras for the annual pilgrimage, Saini wrote.
The PLC leader said it should not be difficult for the poll panel to reschedule the date for Punjab, as everything else will remain the same.