Monday, May 16, 2022

Allahabad HC Urges Poll Body, PM Modi To Delay UP Elections, Ban Election Rallies Over Omicron

'If rallies are not stopped, the consequences would be more dire than second wave,' the Allahabad High Court requested the Election Commission to postpone the upcoming UP elections by two months in view of the rising incidents of Omicron infection.

Allahabad HC Urges Poll Body, PM Modi To Delay UP Elections, Ban Election Rallies Over Omicron
Allahabad High Court PTI

The Allahabad High Court has requested the Election Commission to postpone the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in view of the increasing spread of  Omicron variant of Covid-19.

The High Court has requested that the electoral process in the state shoule be delayed by at least a month or two.

A Bench of Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav, while allowing the bail application of a petitioner in a case, said the number of patients infected with Omicron are increasing and there is a possibility of a third wave.

The court said countries like China, Netherlands, and Germany have imposed complete or partial lockdowns due to the rising cases.

During the second wave, the country saw lakhs of people getting infected by coronavirus and many people had died contracting the disease, the HC said.

The gram panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal Assembly polls also contributed to a rise in infections that led to many deaths due to Covid-19, it stated.

As the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections are nearing, all the political parties are mobilising lakhs of people by holding rallies and meetings where it is not possible to follow Covid protocols, including social distancing, in any way, the HC observed.

If this is not stopped in time, the consequences could be more dire than the second wave of the pandemic, it warned.

The court requested the Election Commission of India to immediately stop such rallies and gatherings and also order political parties to campaign through TV channels and newspapers.

The court said, if possible, the elections that are expected to be held in February next year could be postponed by a couple of months because only if there is life, then the election rallies and meetings can take place and the right to life has also been given under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.

Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Covid-19 vaccination campaign, it also requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban election rallied in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh over fears of the highly contagious Covid variant Omicron.

(With PTI Inputs)