Dehradun, September 12
The CPI, the CPM and CPI (ML) have written to the President and the Governor of Uttarakhand urging suspension of the Tehri Lok Sabha byelection in the state.
Secretary, CPM, Vijay Rawat said the entire government machinery which should attend to disaster victims in Uttarkashi was now busy making preparations for the election.
He said the election to the Tehri Lok Sabha seat, which got vacated after Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna resigned in July, could be deferred for six months. The deadline for election would come to an end in January. He said there was no hurry as such to hold the election for the time being. Therefore, the state government must give priority to development and relief to the people of Uttarkashi.
State Secretary, CPI, Samar Bhandari, said as per the figures provided by the state government, around 7,285 people and 57 houses got affected in Uttarkashi district. As many as 150 families had taken shelter in camps. Government property worth Rs 600 cr and private property worth Rs 100 cr got damaged.
He said six Vidhan Sabha constituencies, including two from Uttarkashi district which came under the Tehri Lok Sabha seat, were badly hit by the calamity, hence, the election should be postponed till the normalcy returned to the affected area.

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