BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has hinted at the postponement of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, scheduled to be held in February next year. He even predicted that the Centre’s Narendra Modi government could impose the President’s Rule in the state.
According to the outspoken BJP leader, the assembly elections could be postponed till September next year.
Swamy took to Twitter to write, “Don’t be surprised by a Lockdown for Omicron and postponement of UP elections to September under President Rule in UP. What could not directly be done earlier this year can be then done indirectly early next year.”
Don't be surprised by a Lockdown for Omicron and postponement of UP elections to September under President Rule in UP. What could not directly be done earlier this year can be then done indirectly early next year
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) December 23, 2021
Swamy’s prediction comes amidst an Allahabad High Court judge asking Narendra Modi to consider stopping the next year’s elections.
Singling out Modi for praise, the high court judge had said, “The free corona vaccination campaign started by our country’s honourable prime minister in a vast country like India is commendable and the court praises it and urges the honourable prime minister to take effective steps in view of the horrible pandemic to consider postponing and cancelling the election because the hope will exist only when you’re alive.”
Uttar Pradesh was the worst-hit Indian state during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in May this year. The BJP is facing considerable anger from voters for the inept handling of the pandemic by the Adityanath government. The saffron party has also been hit by another crisis after it faced allegations of a land scam in the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Many party leaders believe that postponing the elections in the garb of the danger posed by the Omicron virus may help the party pacify angry voters. Modi had continued to hold huge election rallies in West Bengal even when hundreds of thousands of people died during the second wave of the pandemic. The latest Omicron variant has posed no such danger to human lives.