Kerala all party meeting asks EC to cancel Kuttanad, Chavara assembly by-polls

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The decision was taken unanimously by all the three fronts led by the CPI (M), Congress and the Bharatiya Janta Party. 

An all-party meeting convened by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday, September 11, has decided to ask the Election Commission to cancel the by-elections in Chavara and Kuttanad assembly constituencies in the state.

The chief minister told the reporters that the decision was taken unanimously by all the parties that attended the meeting. The commission had on September 4 announced the election in November. The seats had fallen vacant following the death of the sitting MLAs in both the constituencies.

The constituents of the ruling Left Democratic Front led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), opposition United Democratic Front led by the Congress and the National Democratic Alliance headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party attended the meeting.

The meeting also decided to ask the state election commission to postpone the local body elections due in November in view of the Covid-19. However, the BJP opposed the move saying that absence of elected representatives in local self-governments will affect the fight against the pandemic.

Vijayan said that none of the parties favoured the by-polls in the light of the rising coronavirus pandemic and the rainy season. The term of the Kerala Assembly is till May 21, 2021. He pointed out that conducting the election in November would only leave only a short period to the elected representative to work.  

The chief minister said that holding of the elections by maintaining safe distance would be difficult. He said that the both the UDF and the LDF wanted the postponement for a brief period. It can be conducted as soon as the situation improves.

The state government had earlier approached the election commission for cancelling the assembly by-polls. However, the commission rejected the proposal.

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