Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel’s CM targets Election Commission in 5 states amid fear of Omicron

In the backdrop of the Election Commission holding a meeting with the Union Health Secretary to assess the COVID-19 situation in five states, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday questioned the credibility of the Election Commission and asked whether BJP is trying to get Upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections postponed. Baghel said all eyes were now on the Election Commission’s decision, adding that the Election Commission did not stop the West Bengal elections held between March 27 and April 29 this year even when there was a wave.

The Election Commission held a meeting on Monday to assess the COVID-19 situation in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur amid Omicron scare, and the administration of another to Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan. Was told to speed up. On speculations about postponement of elections in these states due to increase in COVID-19 cases, Baghel said, “The Election Commission has called a meeting of health secretaries of the states. I will give you the conclusion of the meeting.” Can’t tell about it because I was not there. (However, at a time when people were dying due to COVID-19, elections were held in West Bengal.” He said, “The demand for holding elections in West Bengal in one phase was not even considered (by the Election Commission). Now, when there are some cases of Omicron, they are scared. Is the BJP conspiring to postpone the elections, Are they afraid about the UP elections? There are various speculations. All eyes are now on the Election Commission’s decision (polls),” Baghel said.

He alleged that the credibility of the Election Commission is now in question. He claimed, “It is an independent institution, but when it attends a meeting called by the Prime Minister’s Office, it questions its (EC) independence. Then whatever the PMO says will happen.”

Asked about his government’s action against Hindu cleric Kalicharan Maharaj for using abusive words against Mahatma Gandhi during a ‘Dharma Sansad’ in Raipur on Sunday, Baghel challenged him to surrender before the police. The CM said, “An FIR has been registered against him. If he is so brave, he should surrender instead of making such (afterlife) statements. Otherwise, he will be arrested.”

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