New Delhi: ‘Is coronavirus pandemic over now? Is the situation right for conducting polls?’ asked Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Shuv Sena, a day after the Election Commission announced the schedule of Bihar polls which will be held in three phases—October 28, November 3 and 7.Also Read - Goa Election 2022: Why Congress Refused To Align With Shiv Sena, NCP

“The parliament session was curtailed due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation. Is the coronavirus pandemic over in Bihar? Is this the right situation to hold the polls?” asked Raut, while speaking to reporters today. Also Read - Goa Assembly Election 2022: Shiv Sena, NCP To Contest Polls Together, Seat-Sharing Discussions on January 18

He also took a dig at the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) government in Bihar for politicising the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput ahead of the Assembly polls.  “What happened to the CBI probe in Sushant case? The Bihar DGP has now resigned and will be contesting assembly polls,” Raut claimed. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2022: Shiv Sena to Contest on 50-100 Seats, Says Sanjay Raut

Notably, former Bihar police chief Gupteshwar Pandey has bee under scanner after he opted for voluntary retirement amid speculation of his electoral foray in that state.

Meanwhile, taking a jibe at the Bihar government, Raut said that if issues of development, law and order, and good governance have been exhausted from the state, then issues from Mumbai can be sent as parcel for the upcoming elections.

“Elections in Bihar should be fought on the issues of development, law and order, and good governance, but if these issues have exhausted, then issues from Mumbai can be sent as parcel,” the Shiv Sena leader said.

(With agency inputs)