Samajwadi Celebration’s Vijay Rath Yatra in Ayodhya, scheduled for January 9, has been cancelled as Covid circumstances proceed to rise fuelled by the Omicron variant. Celebration chief Akhilesh Yadav has additionally known as off his different rallies in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda and Basti on January 7 and January 8.
Political events are aggressively campaigning within the state within the build-up to the high-stakes February-March elections.
Final month, Akhilesh Yadav had cancelled one other rally in western UP and stated he would keep away from public occasions for 3 days after his spouse and daughter examined optimistic.
Mr Yadav shared his Covid-negative report on Twitter and stated he had taken the choice as a precautionary transfer since his relations have been contaminated.
On Wednesday, Congress had written to the Election Fee asking it to “cancel huge rallies (within the state) in view of an anticipated third wave of Covid circumstances”. Congress has postponed all its occasions within the poll-bound state over the current surge in circumstances believed to be pushed by the extremely transmissible Omicron variant. India reported 58,097 circumstances in 24 hours on Wednesday – the sixth every day improve previously 9 days.
“Congress has determined to postpone main rallies in UP and different poll-bound states. We have now requested state models to evaluate the COVID-19 state of affairs of their states after which take a choice on holding rallies,” the celebration’s Common Secretary, KC Venugopal, was quoted by information company ANI.
In the meantime, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has additionally cancelled a authorities operate within the state’s Gautam Buddh Nagar district scheduled for in the present day. Whereas no official cause was given, the district has reported the very best variety of Covid circumstances from the state previously week. The cancellation adopted surprising scenes from UP’s Bareilly district Tuesday, the place a whole lot of ladies and teenage ladies have been with out masks throughout a celebration occasion that nearly led to a near-stampede state of affairs.
The Allahabad Excessive Courtroom final month had requested the Election Fee to defer the UP polls, even when solely by a number of months. Nonetheless, after assembly with Well being Ministry officers the Fee stated the polls might be carried out as scheduled.
Some preventive measures have been introduced – together with extending voting hours and rising the variety of voting cubicles – however the Fee shied away from instantly cracking down on political rallies attended by tens of hundreds of and through which social distancing is absent.
UP reported 989 new circumstances in 24 hours on Wednesday, of which 23 have been of the Omicron pressure. Total the state’s lively Covid caseload is at 3,173 – 31 are Omicron infections.