In West Bengal, the Election Commission announced by-polls to two seats on May 13, 2021, which incidentally is the same day when the Muslim festival Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across the country. The EC’s decision has left opposition parties including Congress, TMC and the Left extremely miffed who are now doubting EC’s ‘intent’.
They have come out to openly slam the poll panel for its decision, accusing it of being biased against Muslim voters.
These deferred elections are being held because polling to these two seats was postponed following the death of two of the candidates.
Incidentally, the Muslim festival Eid ul Fitr is falling on the same day the EC has chosen for the by-polls in the two substantially Muslim dominated districts, Samsergang and Jangipur.
Reportedly, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee has written to the poll panel accusing it of forgetting the occasion and being biased against Muslim voters. Besides, the Left, Congress and many Muslim bodies like Bengal Imams Association have also raised their concerns about this matter.
Meanwhile, BJP has hit back saying that holding polls on festivals is not something unusual. The EC has past precedence of holding elections during Hindu festivals like Bihu and Chithirai where nobody took an objection to it, said BJP.