With the Election Commission of India announcing elections in five states of Goa, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Uttar Pradesh from February to March, a section of the people want a ban on all political rallies.
The call comes in the midst of increasing number of Covid 19 cases in the coiuntry. In the last three weeks, the daily caseload grew by over 30 times.
As part of a survey by LocalCircles, 41 per cent of the respondents wanted a ban on all political rallies. As per the survey, 31 per cent wanted to postpone elections in these states. Meanwhile, 24 per cent of the respondents in the survey said that COVID 19 compliance be imposed on all political rallies. The LocalCircles received response from 11,111 people located in 309 districts, including 4172 responses from districts in these five states.
According to Sachin Taparia, Founder of LocalCircles, “Unless the Election Commission can ensure there are absolutely no rallies till the polling date and there is strict adherence to COVID protocols during the polling process, it will be very difficult to control the spread of COVID given the very high transmissibility of the Omicron strain”, “Since online voting is not an option, if COVID cases are high, there is a high likelihood that turn out rates will be lower in urban areas”, said Taparia.