EC bans roadshows, vehicle rallies in West Bengal

No public meeting having more than 500 people to be allowed

EC bans roadshows, vehicle rallies in West Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives in a helicopter for an election campaign rally in support of party candidates for the Assembly Polls at Tapan in South Dinajpur district, on Thursday, April 22, 2021. PTI

New Delhi, April 22

Noting that COVID safety norms were being flouted in West Bengal during campaigning, the Election Commission on Thursday banned roadshows and vehicle rallies in the state with immediate effect and said no public meeting having more than 500 people would be allowed.

The order said the commission has noted “with anguish” that many political parties and candidates are still not adhering to the prescribed safety norms during the public gatherings.

The orders will come into force from 7 pm on Thursday. PTI

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