The Calcutta high court on Tuesday (April 20) made a stern observation about the continuation of election campaigning as usual despite a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state.
“There have been enough rallies and meetings since the announcement of the poll dates. Now leave it to the people to decide,” remarked chief justice TBN Radhakrishnan while hearing a clutch of public interest litigations (PILs) seeking the court’s intervention to restrict electioneering in view of the rising COVID-19 cases.
West Bengal recorded 8,426 new COVID-19 cases on Monday while 38 people fell prey to the deadly virus in the past 24 hours.
The court also asked the election commission to take all necessary measures to ensure the elections are held in adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols, said Arindam Das, advocate of one of the petitioners.
The court’s observation came at a time when the election commission has miserably failed to enforce COVID protocols in the electioneering process.
Supporters of political parties continue to crowd at the rallies of their respective parties without adhering to any social distancing norms and many supporters can even be spotted not wearing masks.