New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has urged the Election Commission to reschedule the Uttarakhand Assembly poll from January 30 to February 10 due to heavy snowfall and biting cold unleashing havoc in the state.

'BJP delegation led by party vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi handed over the memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner SY Qureshi and requested him that poll proceeding be extended for few days till the condition gets normal in Uttarakhand.

Naqvi said, “Uttarakhand goes to poll on January 30. But the weather condition is worse due to heavy snowfall which blocked the roads. The political leaders are facing problem in conducting poll campaign.”

The BJP delegation also expressed concerns over UP Chief Minister Mayawati deploying senior bureaucrats at the key posts. They were earlier removed from the coveted posts as per the EC directives. The entire exercise will certainly dent the EC’s motive to conduct free and fare elections in the state.

In the memorandum, the saffron party delegation blamed the Chief Minister Mayawati for allegedly torturing the businessmen in the guise of checking blackmoney inflow in the polls-bound states.

Commenting on the rescheduling of first phase of election in UP, CEC Qureshi said, “Given the availability of security forces, the EC have rescheduled the UP polls dates.”

JPN/Bureau