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JAIPUR: The Election Commission (EC) on Monday announced that the Rajya Sabha polls postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in the state will be held on June 19. State chief electoral officer Anand Kumar said that voting would be held from 9am to 4pm at the state assembly building and the counting would take place at 5pm on the same day. According to the EC, the election process had to be completed by June 22.
The biennial polls was to be held on March 26. The EC had issued the notification for the election on March 6 and, on the last date of the withdrawal of nomination, four candidates were in the fray for three seats which necessitated elections. While the Congress nominated party all-India general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopl and youth leader Neeraj Dangi, the BJP has announced the candidature of Rajendra Gehlot. But in a surprise move, the party fielded another candidate Omkar Singh Lakhwat in a last minute decision, necessitating a contest.
According to the party positions in the assembly, the ruling Congress could win two seats and the opposition BJP one. The Congress enjoys the support of 123 MLAs in the 200-member assembly, including 13 independents and MLAS of smaller supporting parties. The BJP’s strength is limited to 75 MLAs, including three RLP MLAs. The two CPM MLAs are not supporting any of the two parties.
The saffron party decided to test the political waters by fielding a second candidate sensing factionalism within the ruling dispensation.
The decision of the BJP had created ripples within the ruling party as its came close on the heels of former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia switching loyalty to the saffron party in Madhya Pradesh and toppling the Kamla Nath government.
Civic poll final electoral roll on July 20: The state election commission (SEC) on Monday announced that final electoral roll for the elections to 129 civic bodies, scheduled to be held in August, will be released on July 20 and draft publication will be issued on June 27. For polls to remaining panchyat bodies, the final electoral roll will be released on June 10.