Chandigarh: The date of Punjab Assembly elections has finally been changed by the Election Commission. Punjab will now go to polls on February 20, 2022 instead of February 14. Almost all political parties had demanded it due to Sant Ravidas Jayanti. It was appealed that the date of voting should be extended by a week.
Let me tell you that the Election Commission had an important meeting on this issue on Monday. The meeting deliberated on the letters of Chief Minister Charanjeet Singh Channi, BJP and Punjab Lok Congress Party. All of them have written to the Election Commission seeking extension of the date of polling in view of Guru Ravidas Jayanti on February 16. All the parties had written separateletters to the Election Commission. The BSP had also raised this demand.
The same letter says that as 16th February is the holy festival of Guru Ravidas Jayanti, a large section of the state can already visit Varanasi. In such a situation, if voting is held in the state, they will be deprived of the right to vote. The basis of this request was that the Scheduled Caste population in the state, including Ravidasia and Ramdasi Sikhs, is more than 32 per cent, most of them have their faith in Guru Ravidas, and these devotees have paid homage at the samadhi of Shri Guru Maharaj at Varanasi on Guru Ravidas Jayanti every year.