Today, Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi cancelled all his public rallies in West Bengal. Rahul Gandhi tweeted that amid surge in covid-19 cases, he is suspending all his public rallies. He also advised other political leaders to think deeply about the consequence of holding large public gatherings.
In view of the Covid situation, I am suspending all my public rallies in West Bengal.
I would advise all political leaders to think deeply about the consequences of holding large public rallies under the current circumstances.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 18, 2021
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has also restricted the timings for campaigning for the remaining phases of the election. EC ordered that no public rallies, meetings, street plays shall be allowed between 7 PM to 10 AM during the day of campaigning.
While India is facing huge and sudden surge in Covid-19 cases, eight-phased assembly polls are going on in West Bengal. Large public rallies are being organized in West Bengal by TMC and BJP. Covid-19 norms are usually flouted by people in such large gatherings which becomes the reason for surge in daily infection rate.
Talking about the covid-19 situation, on Saturday, West Bengal reported 7,713 covid-19 cases, highest-single day surge in the state. The total tally of cases has reached 6,43,795 while number of active cases stands at 41,047.