The Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday decided to withdraw their campaign for the West Bengal elections amid mounting criticism of rising coronavirus cases in the eastern state and massive violations of the Kovid-19 protocol. did. Rallies.
The TMC said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would not address any event in the state capital Kolkata, holding a symbolic rally on April 26, the last day of campaigning.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s main rival said it would limit the audience to 500 at public events, and would only hold open spaces and meetings according to Kovid’s guidelines.
The announcements came in a day when the state recorded 8,426 cases and 38 deaths, with 668,353 and death rates of 10,606 respectively.
Mamta Banerjee will no longer campaign in Kolkata. On 26 April, only a ‘symbolic’ meeting will be held on the last day of campaigning in the city. Party MP Derek O’Brien said in a tweet that he set aside time for his election rallies in all districts and is now limited to just 30 minutes.
Later in the day, the BJP announced its own curse.
It has been decided that only small public meetings with more than 500 people will be held in West Bengal by PM Modi and other Union ministers. All these public meetings will be held in open spaces following the Kovid-19 guidelines, the BJP said.
The party’s social media in-charge Amit Malviya said the party would take advantage of its digital footprint to take the BJP’s message to the people.
Malviya tweeted, “We will ensure that BJP takes advantage of its massive digital footprint and reaches the message of PM and other leaders to millions of people.”
Political parties in Bengal have faced experts due to widespread violations of masked mandates and breach of protocol at rallies.
Last week, the Election Commission warned that all parties would have to strictly follow the guidelines during the election campaign, as health experts criticized the poll watchdog for failing to strictly enforce the norms.
On Sunday, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that he would not address any rallies.
The sixth phase of the West Bengal elections will be held on 22 April, the seventh on 26 April and the last phase on 29 April.
In view of the increasing cases, the Commission has already extended the silence period from 48 to 72 hours hence no publicity is allowed between the seventh and eight phases.
The last day of campaigning for the sixth phase – Banerjee trained her guns in the BJP and the Election Commission for the growing coronavirus cases.
With folded hands, I request the Election Commission to conduct the next three phases of elections on the same day. If not, operate it in two days and save one day. Please do not take your decision based on BJP’s say, TMC supremo said in his rally in Chakulia.
BJP won. Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Election Commission has no other option but to hold elections. Mamta ji comments without reading the constitution.