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CEC Sunil Arora visits Statue of Unity

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India’s chief election commissioner Sunil Arora, along with his wife, on Wednesday visited the Statue of Unity in Gujarat—the world’s tallest statue. He was accompanied by Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited’s MD Rajeev Gupta, Vadodara collector Shalini Agarwal and other senior government officials.

Arora, after his visit to the statue and the allied tourist hotspots, said that the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is not only the tallest statue in the world, but it is a representative of India’s unity in diversity. He also said that the statue is also a wonder of the world in the field of construction.

The chief election commissioner (CEC) said that he had a few expectations before the trip, but the statue has surpassed all those expectations. He said that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had united the country at a time when there was no internet or information technology infrastructure. Sardar Patel united 562 territories under royal families into India just with the help of a simple typewriter, he said.

Challenges in conducting polls amid pandemic: Sunil Arora

The CEC said that conducting state elections in Bihar amid the coronavirus pandemic was a challenge, but the election commission executed it smoothly. He also said that Assembly elections are pending in West Bengal where the situation is critical.

Arora also said that a team of the poll panel is ascertaining the ground situation prevalent in West Bengal and will take a call after discussion with the Union home ministry. All these steps will be taken to ensure a free and fair election.

The CEC said that conducting any election in India is difficult because different areas have different geographies and different challenges.

 

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