The horrifying second wave of Covid has not dampened the keenness for large election rallies. On the final day of campaigning for seven city native our bodies in Telangana, the BJP – censured for its mega marketing campaign forward of meeting elections in 5 states – tweeted images of massively crowded rallies. The publish was deleted after it was slammed by social media customers.
Other events together with the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the Congress too have been campaigning, violating Covid protocol.
The BJP was massively criticised for its much-hyped marketing campaign for the civic physique elections in December the place a number of social gathering leaders together with Amit Shah, JP Nadda, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and others held large highway exhibits. But this time, it was again with one other large marketing campaign for the native physique polls due on April 30.
For the Warangal municipal company election, the BJP marketing campaign was led by the social gathering’s state president, Bandi Sanjay, who at a public assembly, declared that the BJP flag “must fly high in Warangal”.
Union Minister of State for Home, G Kishan Reddy, additionally addressed a large assembly in Warangal and Khammam, and informed people who the Chief Minister had uncared for healthcare whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi had permitted a super-speciality hospital and an oxygen plant in Warangal.
The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi was not far behind. Even although Chief Minister Okay Chandrashekar Rao, or KCR, and his son, municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao, examined constructive for Covid, different ministers had been deputed for campaigning extensively in Khammam and elsewhere.
Incidentally, KCR examined constructive days after he attended a large rally for the Nagarjunasagar meeting by-election. Over 60 political leaders who attended the assembly had examined constructive.
Tuesday’s rallies got here a day after the Madras High Court stated the Election Commission was “singularly responsible for the second wave of Covid”. “Your officers should be booked on murder charges probably,” the court docket had noticed.
The sharp criticism got here amid issues that rampant violation of security guidelines throughout election rallies in 5 states will flip them into super-spreader occasions.
Subsequently, Covid circumstances have shot up within the states, pushing up the countrywide each day surge to cross and keep past the 3-lakh mark.
In an announcement on Tuesday, the Election Commission contended that it was the state catastrophe administration authorities which had been answerable for sustaining Covid security protocols at public gatherings. The Election Commission can’t take over the duty of the State Disaster Management Authority, it had added.
Telangana’s state election fee had consulted the state authorities on whether or not they would favor to carry elections now and Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan had additionally sought a report after each the BJP and the Congress opposed the elections.
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