The Rajasthan Election Commission has rejected the plea of Congress to hold the elections for the zila parishad and panchayat members without party’s symbol.
Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee’s president Govind Singh Dotasara said: “We tried to pursue the matter with the state election commission suggesting to hold elections without election symbol of political parties. But, there were administrative difficulties as the notifications for the zila parishad election was issued. Thus, at this stage, it was not possible to change the election process.”
The BJP leaders had divided opinion on the issue, but as the elections were already delayed by a year, it was thought that the election should be held under the existing procedures, Dotasara added.
Under the four-phased election, the first would be held from November 23. The second phase will be on November 27, third on December 1 and the polling for the fourth and last phase will be held on December 5.
Elections deferred due to legal disputes
The election in Jaipur and 11 other districts will not be held as there are some legal disputes pending in courts. Now, the elections would be held in 21 districts with a total of 2.41 crore voters.
According to the state election commissioner PS Mehra, 48 gram panchayats were affected following the establishment of 18 municipalities in 12 districts.
“As these gram panchayats became part of the newly created municipalities, a lot of procedural and administrative difficulties are there. It required delimitations and the delimitation would have affected the zila parishad elections. Thus, it was thought to defer the elections and complete the procedural process in the 12 districts including Jaipur. The elections dates for these 12 districts would be announced later,” he said.
In some quarters, the election dates have been opposed because the date of the election clashes with a large number of marriages during this time in the state. Several ruling and Opposition MLAs have suggested that the elections for zila parishad should be conducted after December 14.
The whole state is in election mode as the elections in the six major municipal corporations will be held on October 29. These elections are a litmus test for the Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government.
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