Social Distancing Goes For A Toss In Bihar Polls Campaigning Despite PM Modi's Warning Not To Drop…

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New Delhi: In his seventh address to the nation on Tuesday after the Covid-19 outbreak within the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi completely cleared the truth that even when the lockdown has been lifted, the lethal virus remains to be there. ALSO READ | ‘Jab Tak Dawai Nahi, Tab Tak Dhilayi Nahi’: PM Modi Urges People To Stay Cautious

“In this festive season, markets are bright again but we need to remember that the lockdown might have ended but Covid-19 still persists. With efforts of every Indian over last 7-8 months, India is in a stable situation we must not let it deteriorate,” PM Modi stated urging countrymen to take obligatory precaution to comprise the outspread of Coronavirus.

Amid the continuing pandemic, the state of Bihar is all set to train its right to vote for the upcoming Assembly elections. The 243-seat meeting will expire on October 29, 2020 following which a contemporary cabinet might be fashioned to run the state.

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The election campaigning in Bihar is at the moment in its full swing as all massive and small political events/ leaders are busy with their election rallies, gatherings and public conferences. However, these rallies witness Covid-19 norms going for a toss by  the people.

Tejashwi Yadav throughout an election campaign rally. (Image: PTI)

Election rallies and gathering in Bihar have gotten further crowded day-to-day. The Covid-19 norms set by the Election Commission of India clearly states that crowd in public conferences and political rallies should not exceed 200 and social distancing of at the least six really feel ought to be maintained. However, all these guidelines are visibly being violated in a number of districts of Bihar.

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Large crowds have been noticed at rallies lately addressed by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Tejashwi Yadav and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. Even the Union minister Nityanand Rai lately addressed a big crowd at Mahua in Vaishali district where a majority of these within the crowd didn’t put on a masks.

The native administration in Gaya even lodged an FIR towards organisers of an occasion where Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nationwide president J.P. Nadda was current for violating social distancing norms. Even when RJD leaders Tejaswi and Tej Pratap Yadav filed their nomination papers, they took out a mini-road reveal which was a transparent violation of EC norms.

Tejashwi Yadav throughout an election campaign rally. (Image: PTI)

Taking view of the gatherings and the rallies flouting Covid-19 precautions norms, the Election Commission on Wednesday lastly warned the events and the leaders. The election watchdog directed the events to take care of crowd self-discipline and observe the rules issued.

The EC instructed the Bihar Chief Electoral Officer and its district equipment within the state to “invoke appropriate and relevant penal provisions” below the Disaster Management Act, and the Indian Penal Code towards candidates discovered violating EC’s orders.

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“Instances of such public meetings have come to notice of the Commission, where large numbers of crowds have assembled in utter violation of social distancing and the political leaders/campaigners are addressing the gathering without wearing masks in complete disregard of the guidelines/ instructions issued by Election Commission,” the Commission stated on Wednesday.

“By doing so, the political parties and candidates are not only flouting the guidelines of the Commission with impunity, but exposing themselves as well as the public attending the rallies/meetings to the danger of infection during the pandemic… The Commission has taken a serious view of the laxity on the part of political parties and candidates, on the ground, in terms of maintaining crowd discipline, and hereby reiterates and further advises them to demonstrate utmost vigil and care during electioneering.,” the EC stated.

Nitish Kumar with Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi throughout an election rally. (Image: PTI)

It might be value watching that may PM Modi’s attraction to countrymen to not be complacent and drop their guard within the struggle towards Covid-19 be an eye fixed opener for politicians in Bihar, particularly these from his personal occasion and alliance.

Bihar Polls is India’s first full-fledged Assembly elections held amid Covid-19 pandemic and up to now the EC directions for campaigning is barely being seen in breach.

What is further fascinating is the truth that Prime Minister himself is scheduled to to handle his first rallies within the polls on October 23 which might be a mixture of actual and digital campaigning. Will PM Modi and his occasion observe the social distancing norms or Bihar will finish up rising as a Covid-19 hotspot on the backdrop of this electioneering competition.

[Attribution ABP News]

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