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213 Bengal Voting Meetings Got EC Covid’s Ax on Saturday | India News

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NEW DELHI: Up to 213 election meetings and rallies, from nearly all political parties, including the Trinamool Congress, BJP, CPM and Congress, were canceled on April 24 in four voting districts in West Bengal over violations or fear of violation of Covid protocols. . This is a big jump from 94 such cancellations as of April 23 in the same districts.
The cancellations, an Election Commission official told TOI, were made suo motu by the organizers of these meetings / rallies or ordered by the district administration in deference to the EC order on April 21 in which it had said that violation of Covid protocols – first issued by the voting panel on August 21, 2020 and reiterated on February 26 and April 9, before being reviewed on April 16, political parties and candidates would invite immediate cancellation of permission for a new campaign. On April 22, in another order, the EC had rejected rallies and public meetings with more than 500 participants. Interestingly, 218 of the 307 cancellations (71%) through April 24 were at Birbhum alone. In fact, 158 meetings / rallies at Birbhum were canceled on April 24 alone.
According to other statistics cited in a report submitted to the EC on measures taken by district authorities in Malda, Paschim Bardhaman, Birbhum, Dakshin Dinajpur, Murshidabad and Kolkata South against violation of Covid rules, 111 notices of cause were delivered proven. to various parties until April 24 for violation of EC directives. Of these, 17 notices were sent to different parties in Malda, seven in Paschim Bardhaman, 33 in Birbhum, 37 in Dakshin Dinajpur and 17 in Murshidabad. The notices of demonstrative cause issued to Trinamool and BJP matched in number.
In addition, the district authorities submitted 75 FIRs in accordance with Section 51 (b) of the Disaster Management Act 2005 and Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code as of April 24. While 47 FIRs were filed in Birbhum, 17 cases were filed in Murshidabad. four in Dakshin Dinajpur, three in Malda and Paschim Bardhaman and one in Kolkata South. The parties against whom the cases have been brought include Trinamool, BJP, Congress, CPM, RSMP and Independientes.
The cancellations by the organizers can be explained by their reluctance to continue with the rallies with a very small capacity and, in some cases, by their decision to opt for virtual rallies instead of physical meetings.
Some meetings were canceled by the district authorities in view of the fact that the political party or candidate who organized the meeting did not adhere to the Covid rules that, according to the order of April 21 of EC, require that the leaders and candidates be Set a personal example and push all supporters. at the beginning of the rally to wear masks, use disinfectants and maintain social distance.

Times of India

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