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COVID surge: Political parties seek GMC poll postponement, AMC throws open BRTS corridor for other vehicles

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As COVID cases surge, Congress and AAP in Gujarat have demanded that the elections to the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) be postponed.

GPCC chief Amit Chavda has also written to the State Election Commission (SEC) in this matter. Chavda said earlier the Congress had demanded that the GMC elections be held at the same time as the election to the other municipal corporations but that demand was ignored.

“Later the Congress had also made a representation seeking that the GMC election is not held given the COVID situation and a caretaker administration be appointed in its place,” Chavda said.

He said despite several such representations, the election body ignored it and announced the GMC elections.

Chavda in his letter said given the COVID situation where even the high court has suggested a lockdown and the state has increased curfew timings, the polls should be postponed.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also in an email to the election commission made a similar demand citing the COVID situation. It sought postponement of elections for three months and warned that if polls are held, the COVID situation will worsen further.

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It further said that those above 45 years of age and suffering from serious ailments have been given the first dose of vaccine and if the elections are postponed they would also be able to get the second dose of the vaccine.

This means they can take part in the election process after being fully vaccinated against the disease. This will put them at a lower risk of contracting the disease, the mail said.

BRTS corridor open for other vehicular traffic

The AMC has decided to open the BRTS corridor for other vehicular traffic as long as the BRTS services remain suspended in the city. The service was suspended after the surge in COVID cases. The decision was taken at a virtual meeting of the standing committee.

 

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