Rahul Gandhi decided to suspend all his rallies due to COVID-19 situation
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday suspended his campaign for the West Bengal assembly elections due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country.
Rahul Gandhi also tweeted “In view of the Covid situation, I am suspending all my public rallies in West Bengal”
He also said “to think deeply about the consequences of holding large public rallies” under the current circumstances”.
India reported 2,61,500 new cases in the last 24 hours, its highest single day surge since the pandemic began last year.
The political leaders of all political parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party, TMC have openly disobeyed all COVID-19 rules and safety measures by the Health Ministry while campaigning for the first five phases of the elections. The rule of social distancing was totally taken for granted in the rallies and the roadshows.
Due to the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, the Election Commission (EC) has decided to decrease the timing of the campaign for the remaining phases of the election and extended the silence period to 72 hours for each of the phases.
In its order, the EC said that no rallies, public meetings, street plays, nukkad sabhas, shall be allowed on any day during the days of the campaign between 7 pm and 10 am.
The Election Commission said “Silence period for rallies, public meetings, street plays, nukkad sabha, bike rallies or any gathering for campaigning purposes shall be extended to 72 hours before the end of the poll for Phase 6, Phase 7 and Phase 8 in the State of West Bengal”.
The Commission also took a serious view against repeated violations by star campaigners/political leaders/candidates who are supposed to be lead the campaign against COVID-19, violating COVID-19 protocols, thereby exposing themselves as well as the public to the danger of infection.
West Bengal reported 6,910 new infections and 26 deaths just ahead of the polling in the fifth phase. According to the state health bulletin, the total count of cases has reached 6,43,795. The number of active cases in the state stands at 41,047.
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