Assam health department urges Election Commission to postpone BTC polls due to pandemic

The Assam health department has urged the State Election Commission to defer the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections taking into account the flood in Covid-19 cases.

“The health department has categorically asked the state election commission to defer the BTC polls. We have written to the election commission as well as to chief secretary to postpone the elections and withdraw the model code of conduct,” said state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on September 20.

Sarma said that if the elections currently occur in BTAD, the COVID-19 contamination will spread further in the four BTC areas as well as in other bordering regions of the state. He additionally said that if the Covid-19 circumstance further weakens because of the decisions, the health department won’t have the option to deal with the pandemic. He also added that emergency clinics have just confronted oxygen lack.

Assam has so far recorded 1, 55,453 Covid-19 positive cases, including 1, 25,540 recoveries, and 548 passings.

Across Assam, in excess of 1,600 specialists and health workers have so far tested positive for the infection.

According to sources, the BTC surveys are probably going to be held in September – October. The survey was before scheduled for April 4 and it was delayed inconclusively due to the COVID19 pandemic.

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