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Centre allows bigger political gatherings in Bihar, bypoll constituencies

In guidelines issued on September 30, the government had allowed the attendance of 100 persons at such gatherings.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2020 1:46:54 am
Patna: Workers prepare an election campaign rath for Janata Dal (United), ahead of Bihar Assembly polls, in Patna, Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020. (PTI Photo)

Ahead of the Bihar elections and bypolls in 11 states, the Ministry of Home Affairs has allowed political gatherings in poll-bound constituencies before October 15 and also relaxed the ceiling on the number of attendees.

In guidelines issued on September 30, the government had allowed the attendance of 100 persons at such gatherings.

According to the order, the relaxation will be subject to the condition that in closed spaces, no more than 50 per cent of the hall capacity will be occupied with a ceiling of 200 persons. In open spaces, the size of the gathering is to be decided based on the size of the venue so that distancing norms can be maintained. Wearing of masks and thermal scanning of those attending such events will be mandatory, the order said.

However, the relaxation does not apply to containment zones.

“Election Commission has announced holding of general elections in the state of Bihar… and by-elections in 11 states for assembly and parliamentary constituencies. Now therefore… it is decided that the state governments concerned may permit political gatherings, outside the containment zones, beyond the existing limit of 100 persons on any date before October 15 in those assembly/parliamentary constituencies only where elections are to be held,” stated the order.

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