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The Election Commission of India has turned down a request to change the election date in West Bengal and Assam from Maundy Thursday.
The All India Catholic Union (AICU), the largest laity movement in Asia, submitted a petition asking the commission to reconsider holding polls on April 1, the day before Good Friday, in the eastern and northeastern states. Chandra Bhushan Kumar, deputy election commissioner, rejected the petition on March 1. “He said changing the date is not possible at this stage as all the necessary arrangements have already been made in West Bengal and Assam states,” AICU national coordinator A.C. Michael told UCA News. “However, he assured us to check the dates for elections in Meghalaya and all the northeastern states where Christians are the majority for future elections.”Maundy Thursday is one of the most important and profound days of celebration for Christians, marking the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood.
It marks the day Jesus Christ celebrated his final Passover with his disciples. It is believed that Jesus on this day washed the feet of his disciples during the supper. The term “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word mandatum, which means commandment. It refers to the instructions that Jesus gave to the disciples before his betrayal by Judas. Meanwhile, voting for the legislative assembly in West Bengal will take place in eight phases starting on March 27. The second phase is on April 1. Counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Likewise, Assam’s legislative assembly election is scheduled to be held in three phases — March 27, April 1 and April 6
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