New Delhi: In view of the sudden spurt in Corona virus infection in the country, the Election Commission of India has asked all political parties to follow the Kovid-19 guidelines during public meetings, rallies and other activities.
The Election Commission has written a letter to all national and state political parties in this regard and has asked them strictly to follow the norms. Particularly, the Election Commission has slammed the parties for not wearing masks by political leaders on the platform.
The Election Commission said that after considering the views / suggestions of various national / state political parties, in the wake of the COVID epidemic in the country, on August 21, 2020, detailed guidelines were issued for the conduct of general / by-elections. In the above guidelines, all political parties and candidates should ensure that all COVID-19 related requirements such as face masks, sanitizers, thermal scanning etc. are required to be kept in mind.
The letter pointed out to the star campaigners and political leaders of candidates not following the Kovid-19 protocol that it is necessary even while wearing the mask and campaigning on the platform itself.
The Election Commission said that by doing this, political parties and candidates are themselves joining such election meetings, which are in grave danger of infection. The Commission said that public meetings and publicity can also be banned if any party does not follow the rules and guidelines of the Central Government issued on the corona.
India is witnessing a Kovid resurgence in most parts of the country, with the third highest after the United States and Brazil crossing 13 million cases.