Decision on Rae Bareli polls not hasty: EC
He was replying to a question on whether there was any tearing hurry to hold the bypoll on May 5.india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 19:57 IST
The Election Commission on Monday said the decision to hold by-election to Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat, vacated by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, was not made in a "tearing hurry".
"It has been the consistent policy of the Commission that the bye-elections shall be held at the earliest possible opportunity", Deputy Election Commissioner Anand Kumar told reporters in New Delhi.
He was replying to a question on whether there was any tearing hurry to hold the bypoll in the high profile constituency on May 5.
Kumar said that the Commission approached the Supreme Court on Monday morning to get its nod on conducting by-elections to ten parliamentary seats which fell vacant in the wake of 'cash-for-query' scam.
"Since the Commission has already submitted a plan to the court with regard to the ten seats which, the court, would consider in July, we (Commission) decided to conduct elections to the Rae Bareli seat", he said.
Kumar also pointed out that the Commission does not want to hold elections in extreme heat after May as also during the monsoon and, therefore, decided to go ahead with the Rae Bareli polls in early May.