Friday, January 28, 2022

Rahul Gandhi suspends all his public rallies amid Covid surge

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today tweeted to say that he is suspending all his public rallies in West Bengal in view of the Covid situation in the state. In a brief post, Mr Gandhi also advised political leaders against holding large public rallies.

“I would advise all political leaders to think deeply about the consequences of holding large public rallies under the current circumstances,” Mr Gandhi tweeted.

West Bengal, which is in the midst of an eight-phased assembly election, has seen a sudden spike the COVID-19 cases.

The political leaders of all political parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party, TMC have openly flouted all COVID-19 norms put in place by the Health Ministry while campaigning for the first five phases of the elections. The norms of social distancing were tossed during the massive rallies and roadshows held by the political parties.

MUST READ  Bikram Singh Majithia against Navjot Sidhu from Amritsar East

However, with the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, the Election Commission (EC) has decided to curtail the timing of the campaign for the remaining phases of the election and extended the silence period to 72 hours for each of the phases.

In its order, the EC said that no rallies, public meetings, street plays, nukkad sabhas, shall be allowed on any day during the days of the campaign between 7 pm and 10 am.

The order has come into effect from 7 pm on Friday.

“Silence period for rallies, public meetings, street plays, nukkad sabha, bike rallies or any gathering for campaigning purposes shall be extended to 72 hours before the end of the poll for Phase 6, Phase 7 and Phase 8 in the State of West Bengal,” it said.

The Commission also took a serious view against repeated violations by star campaigners/political leaders/candidates who are supposed to be torch bearers for the campaign against COVID-19, grossly violating COVID-19 protocols, thereby exposing themselves as well as the public to the danger of infection.

West Bengal reported 6,910 new infections and 26 deaths just ahead of the polling in the fifth phase. According to the state health bulletin, the total count of cases has reached 6,43,795. The number of active cases in the state stands at 41,047.

This morning, India saw the deadliest day of the pandemic as 1,501 deaths were recorded. The country also recorded the biggest daily surge in cases with 2,61,500 infections, taking the caseload to 1.47 crore total cases.

MUST READ  AAP opens phone line in Punjab to chose party's CM candidate

Latest news

Ash Barty storms into Australian Open final, says feels ‘unreal’

Ash Barty has become the first local woman to reach an Australian Open singles final in 42 years and described the feeling as "unreal" and "incredible". The sublime...

More heavy rain, storms expected in Victoria

More severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are predicted to hit Victoria today after damaging storms hit the state. Flash flooding occurred and as many as 4000 homes were left...

Changes in essential transport workforce announced in national cabinet meeting

National Cabinet noted that recent changes in isolation requirements for essential transport workers have significantly eased the pressure points for transport operators. National Cabinet also...

Mouni Roy marries Suraj Nambiar in South Indian ceremony at Goa

Actress Mouni Roy married fiance Suraj Nambiar in Goa today. The pre-wedding festivities began yesterday and this morning, the couple married according to South...

Related news

Ash Barty storms into Australian Open final, says feels ‘unreal’

More heavy rain, storms expected in Victoria

More severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are predicted to hit Victoria today after damaging storms hit the state. Flash flooding occurred and as many as 4000 homes were left...

Changes in essential transport workforce announced in national cabinet meeting

National Cabinet noted that recent changes in isolation requirements for essential transport workers have significantly eased the pressure points for transport operators. National Cabinet also...

Mouni Roy marries Suraj Nambiar in South Indian ceremony at Goa

Actress Mouni Roy married fiance Suraj Nambiar in Goa today. The pre-wedding festivities began yesterday and this morning, the couple married according to South...

Record intake of over 1,000 medical interns in NSW

More than 1,000 medical graduate interns have this week joined the ranks of the NSW Health system – a record number of new starters...

Ravi Bishnoi gets maiden call-up for Windies series, Kuldeep Yadav makes comeback

Young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi was on Wednesday rewarded with a maiden India call-up for the upcoming Twenty20 series against the West Indies. Also, senior...

NSW, Victoria see dip in Covid numbers; Sydney aged care homes cry for help

COVID-19 cases have decreased again in New South Wales, with 17,316 recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. A further 29 deaths were also...

Barty Vs Keys on semifinal day today at Melbourne Park

It's women's semifinal day at Melbourne Park with American Madison Keys taking on top-ranked Aussie Ash Barty and another US player, Danielle Collins, playing...