The Election Commission has now taken a tough stance when political parties break the Corona Protocol during the election campaign. The EC on Thursday released a new guideline for campaigning in Bengal. Under this, roadshows, post-travel, cycle rally or bike rallies will not be allowed.
Not more than 500 people will gather in the public meeting. The Election Commission has said that we had issued guidelines for campaigning, but it is seen that political parties are not following it.
4 strict instructions for the election of Bengal
1. Roadshows and hikes will not be approved.
2. Rally of bicycles, bikes, or vehicles will not be allowed.
3. A crowd of more than 500 will not be able to gather in the public meeting. For this, adequate space, social distancing, and other corona rules will be strictly followed.
4. If approval has already been given for roadshows, post tours, the rally of bicycle-bike-trains, then these approvals are withdrawn. If the public meeting has already been approved, then it will have to be done according to the new guidelines.
EC reprimanded with anger, told why it took strict steps
- The leaders and candidates who should be pioneers in the fight against Corona are continuously violating the protocol. They are endangering not only themselves but also the public.
- On April 16, we issued a guideline that from 7 pm to 10 am there would be no rallies, public meetings, or street meetings. We also increased the end of promotion for the sixth, seventh and eighth phases to 72 hours from 48 hours.
- After this, on April 21, we said that if the candidates or the parties do not follow the Kovid protocol then the local administration should take action against them. If they are allowed to campaign or rally further, it should be canceled.
- We are angry that despite all this, political parties and candidates are violating the rules. Due to this, the administration and the government are facing difficulty in following the rules.
Calcutta High Court's stance - issuing only circulars is not the work of the Commission, The Calcutta High Court on Thursday expressed its displeasure over the role of the Election Commission for not following the Covid protocol during campaigning and voting in the Assembly elections in Bengal. The High Court took a sarcasm at the Election Commission and said that the Election Commission cannot stand its role by issuing only circulars.
A bench headed by Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan, hearing a PIL, ordered all district magistrates to ensure strict adherence to the guidelines set by the Election Commission and the CEO.
Mamta Banerjee cancels all rallies, roadshows
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has canceled all her rallies and meetings after the new rules of the commission. She said that she will now talk to the virtual people. Mamta held an election meeting in Dakshin Dinajpur, Bengal today. There was a huge crowd in it. Earlier on Sunday, he had announced that TMC's election rallies would be shorter due to the growing transition.