Election 2021 Highlights: BJP has said that it would not hold big public meetings in West Bengal any further, the PTI reported. The party said it has decided to stop big public events in West Bengal as it is much needed to break the chain of Covid infections. It has been decided that only small public meetings with not more than 500 people will be held by PM Narendra Modi and other central ministers, the party stated. All these public meetings will be held in open spaces following Covid guidelines, it added.
Ahead of the sixth phase of polls in West Bengal slated for April 22, the Election Commission on Monday transferred superintendents of police of Purba Bardhaman and Birbhum districts. The poll watchdog also shifted out the Asansol-Durgapur police commissioner and Bolpur SDPO. EC said the transferred officers should not be given any poll-related posts.
Earlier, addressing a rally in Bengal, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is responsible for the “skyrocketing” Covid-19 cases in the country and therefore “he must resign”. “He is the man who is responsible. No planning, no administrative capabilities, complete inefficiency. Neither did he plan ahead, nor did he allow anyone to do so,” Mamata said.
Hours after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi suspended his political engagements in Bengal due to India’s ongoing Covid-19 surge, TMC MP Derek O’Brien on Sunday announced that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will not be campaigning in Kolkata. “Besides this, the Chief Minister has also decided to hold rallies for not more than 30 minutes in other districts,” the senior TMC leader added. Kolkata reported over 2,000 new cases, the highest in Bengal on Sunday.