Kolkata: In view of COVID-19 surge in the city, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announed cancellation of all ‘big rallies’ in the city and has reduced the timing of the rallies in the districts.
She is also considering to restrict herself in one meeting and fewer gatherings ‘where cases are lower’.
She has asked her party colleagues to slow down their campaign in parts of Kolkata, where the polls in the next two phases are scheduled on April 26 and 29.
Trinamool Congress spokesperson Derek O’Brien confirmed the same in a tweet, “Mamata Banerjee will NOT campaign in Kolkata anymore. Only one ‘symbolic’ meeting on the last day of campaigning in the city on April 26. Slashes time for all her election rallies in all districts. Restricted to just 30 minutes.”
The West Bengal CM stated that she would hold a ‘symbolic rally’ on the April 26 at Kolkata’s Beadon street, for the seventh and the eighth phases of the elections.
The Chief ministe also wrote in her official Twitter handle, “With the massive surge in #COVID19 cases across India, GoWB is taking all necessary steps to protect its people. I’ve reached out to the PM to help us with additional medicines and vaccines required. I have also directed all the top officials to make elaborate arrangements & step up their efforts at every level to deal with #COVID19 situation in WB. The Chief Secretary along with key officials will be doing a Press conference at 2PM to discuss the details of the plan.”
On Sunday she also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into the “scarce and erratic” flow of vaccines into the state and ensure steady oxygen supply also mentioned doctors are concerns about uncertain supplies of Remidesivir, the key medicine to treat Covid-19.
Mamata also accusing Modi of misleading the nation and said: “All he says is he has to win Bengal.”