The Election Commission on May 2 directed the Chief Secretaries of the states to file FIR in every case where there is a victory gathering after election results are declared. The EC also directed the authorities to suspend the police station in charge of the area where victory gatherings are reported. Due to COVID-19 outspread, the EC had earlier banned victory rallies and gatherings in all five states.
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Due to a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, the Election Commission has issued a prohibitory order on victory processions on or after May 2, the day results of five state assembly elections will be announced. It said maximum two people can accompany the winning candidate while receiving the victory certificate. Earlier this week, the EC had banned physical campaigning in West Bengal.
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The BJP on April 19 announced to suspend all the big rallies, including those of PM Narendra Modi, in West Bengal due to the rising COVID threat. The party said that no meeting will be held for more than 500 people and it would utilise its "massive digital footprint" to appeal voters across the state. The TMC, Congress and the Left have already announced to cancle election rallies.
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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has decided to not to hold anymore election rally in Kolkata owing to the steep surge in COVID-19 cases. Announcing the news, TMC MP Derek O’Brien on April 19 stated that the CM will now hold only a "symbolic" meeting on April 26, the last day of campaigning in Kolkata. Besides, CM Mamata has also reduced her other rallies' duration to just 30 minutes.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on April 18 called off all his election rallies in West Bengal, citing the current COVID-19 situations. Taking to Twitter, the leader stated, "I am suspending all my public rallies in West Bengal. I would advise all political leaders to think deeply about the consequences." Meanwhile, voting for the remaining three phases of the state assembly elections is slated for April 22, 26 and 29.
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Ahead of the West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has planned to conduct 600 rallies in the state, starting from November 22. The move aims to counter BJP's continued efforts to defeat the ruling party in the state. The rallies will bear the slogan of "Save Bengal from the BJP". The rallies will be followed by other campaigning programs in different languages of the region.
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Stanford University claimed that rallies done by the US President Donald Trump have 'downplayed the risk of COVID-19 infections' in the US as it contributed to a spike in cases. Research by the university stated that Trump's 18 election rallies, between June 20 and September 22 possibly contributed 30,000 cases and 700 deaths in the country. It further mentioned non-adherence to precautionary measures as a primary reason for the outbreak.
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