Coronavirus impact on West Bengal Election 2021: BJP takes big decision on rallies

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: April 20, 2021, 3:55 a.m.

Kolkata: In view of the increasing cases of coronavirus, the BJP has decided to refrain from large rallies, public meetings and events in West Bengal with immediate effect.

The BJP issued a statement saying that the party will only hold small meetings during the remaining three phases of the West Bengal Election 2021.

As part of the BJP’s initiative in West Bengal, more than 500 people will not be able to attend the meetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Union Ministers. All the meetings will be held in open spaces.

BJP will distribute 6 crore masks and sanitizers

The BJP has set a target of distributing 6 crore masks and sanitizers in West Bengal. The BJP will ensure that the coronavirus protocol is strictly followed. There have been 5 phases of voting in the West Bengal Election 2021 and three rounds are yet to be held.

BJP chief JP Nadda starts campaign against coronavirus pandemic

BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda held a virtual meeting with party officials and workers on April 18. JP Nadda has given the mantra to the party workers to start their ‘booth-corona-free’ campaign. Under this, the BJP is also issuing dedicated coronavirus help desks and Covid-19 helpline numbers in all the states.

Mamta Banerjee will not campaign in Kolkata, rallies are also reduced

The rising cases of coronavirus have started showing effect on the campaigns of various parties for the remaining phases of the West Bengal Election 2021. 

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Now TMC leader Mamata Banerjee has decided not to campaign in Kolkata. She will attend a symbolic meeting on April 26, the last day of campaigning. She has limited her time for rallies in all the districts to 30 minutes. This information was given by TMC leader Derek O’Brien.

Senior leader of the TMC and candidate from Bhawanipur seat Shobhandeb Chattopadhyay said that the party will not hold any major rally. The left has also decided not to hold big rallies in the state.

Rahul Gandhi has already cancelled Congress rallies

Earlier on Sunday, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said that he was postponing all his public rallies in West Bengal in view of the coronavirus situation. He also advised the leaders of all other parties to consider it deeply. 

West Bengal Election 2021 is being held in 8 phases

The West Bengal Election 2021 is being held in eight phases. Polling has been held for 180 seats in five phases. 

In the first phase on March 27, the elections were held on 30 assembly seats in 5 districts, in which 84.63 percent of voters exercised their franchise. 

After this, on April 1, in the second phase, 86.11 percent voting was registered in 30 assembly seats in 4 districts. 

Polling was held for 31 seats in the third phase, in which 84.61 percent of votes were cast. In the fourth phase, 76.16 percent voting was registered in 44 seats. 

Voting was held on 45 seats under the fifth phase on Saturday (April 17).

On April 22, voting will be held in 43 seats in the sixth phase. After this, voting will be held on 36 seats on April 26 in the seventh phase and 35 seats during the eighth phase on April 29. Counting will be done on May 2.

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