The Election Commission of India on Tuesday announced that the bypolls for the eight assembly seats in Gujarat will be held on November 3. The result for the by-polls will be announced along with Bihar Assembly Election 2020 on November 10.
In all bypolls for 56 assembly seats across the country and one, Valmiki Nagar parliamentary constituency of Bihar will be held on the same day (November 3).
Apart from the eight seats in Gujarat, byelections will also be held in 38 seats of Madhya Pradesh, seven in Uttar Pradesh, two each in Jharkhand, Nagaland, Karnataka, Manipur and Odisha.
One seat each from Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Haryana will also see the by elections on the same day.
No by-polls in 4 states
The Election Commission said it will not be announcing bypolls in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The decision comes following inputs from chief secretaries and electoral officers of the respective states.
According to the commission, chief secretaries and chief electoral officers of the four states expressed their reservation in conducting elections due to various reasons including a surge in COVID-19.
Polls are to be held in Rangapara and Sibsagar in Assam, Kuttanad and Chavara in Kerala, Tiruvottiyur and Gudiyattam in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal’s Falakata.
It should be noted that Kerala is scheduled for an assembly election before June 2021.
Earlier in July, the by-elections to one Lok Sabha and seven assembly seats was deferred beyond the six months due to the possibility of flood and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Byelections in Gujarat
Earlier there were speculations that the bypolls in Gujarat will be postponed due to COVID-19. The Congress had even moved a petition in the high court in this connection.
In August, the Gujarat high court also dismissed as premature a PIL seeking postponement of by-elections to eight assembly seats in Gujarat.
The by-elections in Gujarat for eight seats were necessitated after eight Congress MLAs resigned from the party ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat.
The eight vacant assembly constituencies are Abdasa, Limdi, Karjan, Dangs, Kaprada, Morbi, Gadhda and Dhari which will go to polls on November 3.
Initially, four MLAs of the Congress resigned in the run-up to the Rajya Sabha polls but by the time the polls were held, four more had resigned.
This had helped three candidates of the BJP win the Rajya Sabha polls while only one of the Congress sailed through.
Originally as per the strength, Congress was poised to win two seats but the resignation of its eight MLAs spoiled Congress’ game plan.
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