Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee late on Thursday night determined to hold out digital campaigns for the remaining two phases of meeting polls after the Election Fee (EC) issued contemporary restrictions on meeting of individuals within the wake of the sharp spike in coronavirus infections in West Bengal.
The EC imposed a blanket ban on roadshows, processions and motorbike and bicycle rallies and mentioned not more than 500 individuals could be allowed at public conferences the place social distancing norms must be maintained. The order got here into drive at 7 pm.
Earlier than the order was issued, Modi had cancelled the 4 rallies he was to handle in Bengal on Friday. “Tomorrow, might be chairing high-level conferences to evaluation the prevailing Covid-19 state of affairs. As a consequence of that, I’d 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 #Covid-19 circumstances 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 might be sharing the up to date schedule of the digital conferences shortly.”
A couple of minutes later, Bengal BJP president issued an announcement saying the Prime Minister would deal with voters just about.
“The Prime Minister has needed to cancel his go to to Bengal on April 23, by which he was scheduled to handle 4 rallies throughout 4 districts and 56 meeting constituencies….The Prime Minister might be addressing voters of West Bengal, notably voters of Malda, Murshidabad, Birbhum and Kolkata, by means of a digital medium at 5 pm on April 23,” mentioned Ghosh.
On Thursday, the sixth part of polling passed off amid a spike in coronavirus infections. The state reported 11,948 new circumstances on Thursday and 56 individuals died between Wednesday and Thursday morning.