BHUBANESWAR: Major events welcomed the Election Commission of India (ECI) determination to defer the byelection in Pipili, scheduled on May 16, within the wake of the Covid disaster.
The Congress, which had lately submitted a illustration to the ECI demanding postponement of the byelection, thanked the fee for taking the proper determination.
“Amid a raging pandemic, nothing is more important than saving lives. It should be given top priority. Though we are not against election, this is not the time to hold one. The situation could have been worsened had there been an election in Pipili now. We appreciate the ECI decision to defer the election,” stated state Congress working president Pradeep Majhi.
The BJD and BJP, who had launched door-to-door marketing campaign within the constituency to garner help, additionally appreciated the EC name.
“The decision taken by the ECI to defer the election is appropriate keeping in mind the Covid situation in the state and country. Our chief minister has always said that we are a responsible party and we will not like to put the lives of people in danger,” stated senior BJD MLA Umakanta Samantaray.
Samantaray, who has been assigned by the social gathering to oversee Delanga block in Pipili constituency, stated the BJD would win the seat each time the ECI notifies a contemporary election date.
Appreciating the poll panel’s determination, BJP’s Prithiviraj Harichandan stated it can assist to include the additional unfold of the virus.
“Our party has already started preparations for the bypoll. We are confident that people will bless the BJP whenever election is held in the constituency,” stated Harichandan.
The byelection was necessitated following the dying of sitting MLA Pradeep Maharathy. It was initially scheduled on April 17 however was countermanded following the dying of Congress candidate Ajit Mangaraj. The ECI then scheduled the election on May 13 however modified it to May 16 as Id-ul-Fitr is probably going to fall on that date.