Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra on Thursday attacked the Election Commission (EC). Mahua Moitra said that the decision to hold the eight-phase assembly elections in West Bengal amidst the corona epidemic is due to criminal negligence.
Mahua Moitra tweeted on her official Twitter, writing,
“It is certainly criminal negligence bordering on manslaughter on part of @ECISVEEP to mandate 8 phase election in WB in middle of worst pandemic.
Unbelievable that we are being put through this. Infections, deaths rising everyday.”
Mahua Moitra tweets:
Let us tell you that the voting for the fifth phase of West Bengal elections is going to be held on April 17. The first four phases of the elections were held on 27 March, 1 April, 6 April and 10 April respectively, whereas in the second wave of Corona like other states, Bengal also has a terrible condition of Corona. Congress candidate Rezaul Haq died in a hospital in Kolkata after Covid-19 positive two days ago, after which there is tremendous resentment among the opposition parties. They appealed to the Election Commission to postpone the election, taking care of the situation, but the Election Commission has made it clear that the elections in Bengal will be held on the scheduled dates.
West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary expressed grief over Haq’s death and said that the Election Commission should take note of various instances of violation of security protocols at election rallies. The news agency PTI quoted Adhir Chaudhary as saying, “I have written to the commission saying how Covid’s rules are being violated. We need to raise awareness level.”
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) has already decided that no major rallies will be organized by it for the remaining phases of state elections and door-to-door campaigning and smaller Emphasis will be placed on the group. On Tuesday, the Calcutta High Court directed that all health-related guidelines regarding political campaigning for West Bengal assembly elections should be followed in the strictest manner in view of the fresh increase in Covid-19 cases.