Cong leader seeks deferment of Jan 30 polling

New Delhi: A Congress leader made a strong plea today for deferment of January 30 polling in Uttarakhand and Punjab during upcoming Assembly elections in five states as the date coincides with Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary.

Former party MP J K Jain said he is writing to the Election Commission requesting it to defer January 30 poll date in view of the death anniversary of the father of the nation.

The single phase polling in Punjab and Uttarakhand is scheduled to be held on January 30 and Jain is one of the poll observers of the Congress for Punjab. AICC has already hailed the announcement of poll dates for Assembly elections in five states, saying it is "raring to go" for the poll battle.