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ECI Denies Club Plans for Remaining Phases of Bengal Elections Amid Rising Covid-19 Cases | India News

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NEW DELHI: There are no plans to put together the remaining phases of the West Bengal Assembly elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) clarified on Thursday, amid speculation in light of the alarming increase in Covid-19 cases in the whole country.
Meanwhile, West Bengal’s Chief Electoral Office (CEO) called an all-party meeting calling on all political parties to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines.
“The Executive Director of West Bengal called a meeting to ask all political parties to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines ordered by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for strict compliance,” said an ECI official. .
Early last week, the Election Commission had written to all national and state parties asking them to follow all Covid-related guidelines during public meetings, rallies, and other activities. The Commission also took “seriously the laxness in maintaining the norms, in particular the fact that political leaders do not wear masks on stage.”
The high-decibel campaign for the fifth of eight phases of the West Bengal Assembly’s ongoing elections concluded at 6 p.m. Wednesday as the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic continued.
Political party leaders participated in high-stakes polls across the state, leaving no stone unturned to woo state voters.
The fifth phase of voting will take place on Saturday.
India reported its highest single-day peak in Covid-19 on Thursday with more than 2 lakh of cases, according to the Union Health Ministry.
With 2,00,739 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the country’s total number of cases is now 1,40,74,564, including 14,71,877 active cases.

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