Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to as for folks to proceed to come back out “in keeping with Covid-19 protocols” and vote over the last section of West Bengal state elections.
Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) have come below hearth for holding a number of rallies forward of the elections in West Bengal, with 1000’s in attendance and failing to abide by social distancing pointers.
Critics have accused the BJP of placing politics earlier than public well being. India is now going through a large new wave of Covid-19 circumstances throughout the nation and nationwide shortages of oxygen.
On April 22, the Election Fee of India tightened restrictions for the remaining phases of the West Bengal state meeting elections, banning highway reveals, car rallies and enormous public conferences with greater than 500 folks after discovering political events and candidates had been flouting Covid-19 pointers.
Nevertheless, political events – together with the BJP – continued to carry rallies all through the week, at the same time as India continued to document greater than 300,000 circumstances per day.
Thursday is the final day of voting in West Bengal. The polls opened round 7 a.m. native time (9:30p ET) and are anticipated to shut at 6:30 p.m. native (9a ET).
Southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala states, West Bengal and Assam states within the east and the union territory of Puducherry went to the polls on March 27, with voting happening throughout eight phases and ending on April 29. All votes are to be counted on Could 2, with the outcomes introduced on the identical day, although India’s Election Fee has banned victory procession.
On Thursday, the Election Fee additionally issued pointers ordering all polling officers and candidates to offer adverse Covid-19 check stories or to have had each doses of Covid-19 vaccine forward of Could 2.