Coronavirus: Election Commission to announce decision on BTC polls soon


GUWAHATI: Amid increasing concerns over Coronavirus, the Assam State Election Commission will soon take final decision on Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections.

Assam health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma today informed media persons that the State Government had approached the election commission to take measures amid growing Coronavirus scare. The commission is likely to announce its decision within tomorrow.

The Opposition on Thursday urged the Assam State Election Commission to postpone the polling for the Bodoland Territorial Council scheduled for April 4 in view of the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.

The Congress and the Left Democratic Manch (LDM), a common platform of 10 parties, wrote to Election Commissioner Alok Kumar, seeking a decision in this regard considering the “threat to people’s lives”.

For the 40 constituencies of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), the polling is scheduled for April 4. The counting of votes will take place on April 8.