West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled all bodily occasions for the rest of the West Bengal ballot marketing campaign whilst Prime Minister Narendra Modi determined to handle audiences within the state just about on Friday.
The announcement got here hours after the Election Fee of India banned cycle or bike rallies, padyatras and restricted public occasions to 500 individuals for the remaining two phases of the elections, saying political events had flouted Covid norms regardless of an alarming spike in infections.
ECI mentioned social distancing norms must be maintained at public occasions. The order got here into pressure at 7 pm. There are roughly 4 days of campaigning left within the eight-phase polls, which finish on April 29.
Earlier than the order was issued, Modi had cancelled the 4 rallies he was to handle in Bengal on Friday.“Tomorrow, will probably be chairing high-level conferences to evaluate the prevailing COVID -19 state of affairs. As a result of that, I might not be going to West Bengal,” Modi tweeted at 5.24 pm. He was supposed to handle a rally on the Shahid Minar grounds within the coronary heart of Kolkata.
At 9.15 pm, Banerjee tweeted, “Within the wake of upsurge in #COVID19 instances throughout the nation and the ECI Order dated twenty second April, 2021, I’m cancelling all my prescheduled conferences and we are going to attain out to the individuals just about. We will probably be sharing the up to date schedule of the digital conferences shortly.”
Her nephew and senior TMC chief Abhishek Banerjee additionally cancelled his rallies.
A couple of minutes later, Bengal BJP president issued a press release saying PM would tackle voters just about.
“The Prime Minister has needed to cancel his go to to Bengal on April 23, during which he was scheduled to handle 4 rallies throughout 4 districts and 56 meeting constituencies….The Prime Minister will probably be addressing voters of West Bengal, significantly voters of Malda, Murshidabad, Birbhum and Kolkata, by way of a digital medium at 5 pm on April 23,” mentioned Ghosh.