NEW DELHI: LJP president Chirag Paswan on Friday echoed RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s statement over holding assembly elections in Bihar amid the rising Covid-19 cases in the state which is due for elections in October-November this year. The Election Commission has so far not made any official announcement about the schedule.
This mirroring of opinions assumes significance in the current political circumstances as Chirag is reportedly unhappy with the seat-sharing formula being offered to the LJP within the NDA. For the last few days, the communication channel between the BJP and LJP has completely stopped. The party, which includes Chirag’s father and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, has left it to him to decide the future course of action.
“Not only Bihar, but the entire country is affected by the coronavirus. It has impacted the finances of the Centre as well as Bihar. Holding elections amid this will financially burden the state more,” Chirag posted on Twitter.
“The Election Commission should take a decision with a lot of deliberations. It should not happen that a huge population is put into danger. Polling percentage may also be very low if elections are held amid this pandemic which is not good for democracy.” He also added that his party is ready for polls. A few days ago, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav had expressed similar views. He had also criticised the BJP and JDU for conducting virtual rallies. The BJP and JDU have both repeated a number of times that the parties are ready for elections and it is for the EC to take a call on the timing. Immediately after Chirag’s statement, JDU spokesperson Rajeev Ranjan stated his party views, saying: “EC has decided to conduct elections on time in Bihar after discussing it with all political parties. JDU is in favour of conducting elections on time.”.
On the other hand, UPA ally Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM on Friday supported the JDU stand for elections being held on time. “Our party is ready and we want the elections to happen on time,” Dhirendra Kumar Munna, HAM spokesperson told ET.