New Delhi: The Election Commission of India banned roadshows and car rallies being held within the West Bengal election, hours after the section 6 polling ended on Thursday.
EC has withdrawn the permissions it had given for holding these rallies earlier. It famous “with anguish” that many political events/candidates will not be adhering to prescribed security norms throughout public gatherings.
The Commission has famous a number of situations of election conferences and campaigns whereby norms of social distancing, carrying of masks, and many others, have been flouted in blatant disregard of the Commission’s aforesaid pointers, the EC order acknowledged.
It has additionally taken a severe view towards repeated violations by “star campaigners/political leaders/candidates who are supposed to be torchbearers of the campaign against Covid-19, grossly violation protocols, thereby exposing themselves as well as the public to the danger of the infection”.
In its recent order, EC has issued the next directives:
- No roadshow/Pad-Yatra shall be permissible.
- No cycle/bike/car rally shall be permissible.
- No public assembly past the restrict of 500 individuals at a spot, topic to availability of sufficient area with social distancing, adhering to Covid-19 security norms, shall be permissible.
- Permission for roadshows, cycle/bike/car rally if granted already, stands withdrawn.
- Permission for public conferences, if granted already, stands modified to the extent above.
West Bengal on Thursday underwent its Phase 6 polling whereas two phases of meeting elections are remaining to be held.
Earlier right now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi canceled his West Bengal go to slated to occur on Friday. The Prime Minister will as a substitute be chairing high-level conferences on the prevailing circumstances.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and wrote: “Tomorrow, will be chairing high-level meetings to review the prevailing Covid-19 situation. Due to that, I would not be going to West Bengal”.
The Prime Minister, being one among BJP’s prime campaigners within the heated West Bengal election, was reportedly scheduled to carry four rallies within the state. He will as a substitute be conducting a digital rally at 5 PM tomorrow.
India’s complete tally of Coronavirus instances rose to 1,59,30,965 with 3,14,835 new infections being reported in a day, crossing the dreadful 3-lakh mark. Active instances have elevated to 22,91,428, in accordance with the Union Health Ministry information up to date on Thursday.