In the previous 24 hours, West Bengal registered its single-highest coronavirus spike with 8,419 new circumstances
Top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Congress are slated to participate in huge public occasions in West Bengal on Monday, however the steep rise in COVID-19 circumstances.
Home Minister Amit Shah will attend three rallies and a roadshow, whereas BJP chief JP Nadda will participate in two roadshows, a public assembly and a city corridor assembly on Monday, News18 reported. Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee is slated to carry three rallies within the state and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee is scheduled to talk at 4 rallies on Monday.
However, Banerjee on Sunday cancelled all her ‘huge rallies’ in Kolkata and urged her celebration colleagues to scale down their campaigns within the state capital, reported The Times of India. Banerjee stated her rally at north Kolkata’s Beadon Street will probably be her just one within the metropolis.
Meanwhile, previously 24 hours, the state registered its single-highest coronavirus spike with 8,419 new circumstances. The state additionally recorded 28 new fatalities, pushing the general dying rely to 10.568. The state authorities on Sunday fashioned a four-member task force geared toward offering beds to contaminated individuals in personal hospitals.
Elections in Bengal are being held in a complete of eight phases, with three phases nonetheless to go. The previous few weeks, nevertheless, have seen coronavirus circumstances rise exponentially within the state. On 1 February, the state had reported just 198 COVID-19 circumstances, whereas on 16 April — a day earlier than the fifth part of elections — the determine rose to six,910.
The Election Commission has, considerably belatedly, introduced new rules in a bid to impose curbs on political events’ campaigns. Under the brand new guidelines, no political celebration will probably be permitted to carry any election rally between 7 pm and 10 am.
Further, the Election Commission has additionally elevated the ‘silence interval’ for the upcoming phases to 72 hours from 48 hours. The silence interval refers back to the time earlier than the polling date when political events are barred for campaigning.
The EC termed the COVID-19 state of affairs as an “unprecedented public health situation”, and has ordered all candidates and political events “to ensure absolute, repeat absolute, adherence to COVID-19 pointers in letter and spirit.”
Meanwhile, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Sunday cancelled all his public rallies in Bengal following the rise in COVID-19 circumstances.
In view of the Covid state of affairs, I’m suspending all my public rallies in West Bengal.
I might advise all political leaders to suppose deeply concerning the penalties of holding massive public rallies below the present circumstances.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 18, 2021
The CPM-led Left Front has additionally determined to not maintain any huge rallies within the remaining three rounds of polling, limiting its outreach to on-line measures and door-to-door campaigns.
However, with coronavirus circumstances spiralling in West Bengal, these measures could also be a case of ‘too little too late’ by way of serving to to restrain the virus’ unfold.