Bank of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called on the people to continue to come out and vote “in accordance with the Govt-19 norms” in the last phase of the West Bengal state elections.
Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been on fire for holding several rallies ahead of the West Bengal elections, attended by thousands and failing to follow social far-flung guidelines.
Critics have accused the BJP of putting politics ahead of public health. India is now facing the biggest new wave of Govt-19 cases across the country and the lack of oxygen across the country.
On April 22, the Election Commission of India tightened restrictions on the remaining stages of the West Bengal state assembly election, banning road shows, vehicle rallies and large public meetings with more than 500 people. .
However, despite India continuing to register more than 300,000 cases a day, political parties, including the BJP, continued to hold rallies throughout the week.
The last day for voting in West Bengal is Thursday. Polling is expected to open at 7 a.m. local time (9:30 p.m.) and close at 6:30 p.m.
The southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the states of West Bengal and Assam in the east and the Union Territories of Pondicherry went to the polls on March 27. Voting took place in eight phases and ended on April 29. All votes are due to be counted on May 2, although the Election Commission of India has banned the victory march, the results were announced on the same day.
On Thursday, the Election Commission issued guidelines ordering all polling officials and candidates to submit negative Govt-19 test reports or having both doses of the Govt-19 vaccine before May 2.