West Bengal polls: PM Modi urges citizens to vote, be mindful of Covid-19

Polling began across 34 assembly constituencies amid tight security.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged citizens to exercise their universal franchise as voting began in the seventh phase of the West Bengal assembly election at 7am. He also reminded voters to follow the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) protocols.

"The seventh phase of the West Bengal elections takes place today. Urging people to exercise their franchise and follow all Covid-19 related protocols," he posted on Twitter.

Polling began across 34 assembly constituencies amid tight security. Initially, 36 constituencies were to go to polls but voting in Jangipur and Samserganj was deferred as candidates contesting from the respective seats died of coronavirus-related disease.

This phase of election comes in the backdrop of the country reeling under the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. As many as 349,691 fresh infections and 2,767 fatalities were recorded in India in the previous 24 hours, according to the health ministry dashboard on Sunday morning. This pushed the country's total infection tally and death toll to 16,960,172 and 192,311 respectively.

India Scanner News Network

Leave a comment