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Another Bengal poll candidate dies of Covid

Kajal Sinha was undergoing treatment at Beleghata I.D and B.G Hospital ever since he tested positive for Covid. He passed away at 9.45 am today after being on ventilator for three days.

Written by Sweety Kumari | Kolkata |
Updated: April 26, 2021 3:08:08 am
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Another West Bengal Assembly poll candidate died of Covid-19 on Sunday — the fourth in the past month — as the state logged a record 15,889 new virus cases and 57 deaths in a 24-hour period.

TMC’s Khardaha candidate Kajal Sinha (59) was undergoing treatment at Beleghata ID and BG Hospital, and died after being on ventilator for three days. Khardaha in North 24 Parganas district voted in the sixth phase on April 22.

“Very, very sad. Shocked. Kajal Sinha, our candidate from Khardaha, succumbed to Covid. He dedicated his life to serving people & just fought a tireless campaign. He was a long-serving, committed member of @AITCofficial. We will miss him. My condolences to his family & his admirers,” tweeted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Before Sinha, Revolutionary Socialist Party’s Jangipur candidate Pradip Nandy and Congress’s Shamshergunj candidate Rezaul Haque and TMC’s Murarai nominee Abdur Rahman had died of the virus.

The chief electoral officer’s (CEO) office on Sunday revoked permission for 359 political programmes after total 76 FIRs were registered against political parties and leaders for violating the Election Commission’s April 22 ban on gatherings exceeding 500 people.

According to sources, 114 of show-cause notices have so far been issued and 76 FIRs lodged for non-compliance of Covid guidelines. Covid guidelines in Hindi, English and Bengali will be pasted at every polling booth on Monday.

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