GUWAHATI: The Assam health department has requested the State Election Commission to consider postponing the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) poll owing to the spike in the Covid19 cases.
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said, “The health department has urged the state election commission to defer the BTC polls due to the surge of Covid19 cases in the state. We have written to the election commission as well as to chief secretary to consider postponing the BTC elections and withdraw the model code of conduct.”
The health minister observed that if the council polls were held in such a condition, it would impact not on the health situation of the people living in the four districts under Bodoland Territorial Area Council (BTAD), but would also affect the adjoining districts’ people.
Election to the 40 constituencies of the council, scheduled on April 4, could not be conducted in the wake of the lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
The Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi has assumed charge of the administration of the Bodoland Territorial Council after its term expired.
“If the situation deteriorates further due to any large congregation during the elections, the health department would not be able to handle the situation” he added.
On Friday, Assam’s Covid 19 case count surpassed 1.5 lakh including 528 deaths.