Samajwadi Occasion’s Vijay Rath Yatra in Ayodhya, scheduled for January 9, has been cancelled as Covid instances proceed to rise fuelled by the Omicron variant. Occasion 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 mentioned he would keep away from public occasions for 3 days after his spouse and daughter examined constructive.
Mr Yadav shared his Covid-negative report on Twitter and mentioned 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 instances”. Congress has postponed all its occasions within the poll-bound state over the latest surge in instances believed to be pushed by the extremely transmissible Omicron variant. India reported 58,097 instances in 24 hours on Wednesday – the sixth each day improve up to now 9 days.
“Congress has determined to postpone main rallies in UP and different poll-bound states. We’ve requested state items to evaluate the COVID-19 scenario 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 immediately. Whereas no official motive was given, the district has reported the very best variety of Covid instances from the state up to now week. The cancellation adopted surprising scenes from UP’s Bareilly district Tuesday, the place a whole lot of girls and teenage ladies had been with out masks throughout a celebration occasion that just about led to a near-stampede scenario.
The Allahabad Excessive Courtroom final month had requested the Election Fee to defer the UP polls, even when solely by just a few months. Nonetheless, after assembly with Well being Ministry officers the Fee mentioned the polls can be performed as scheduled.
Some preventive measures had 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 instances in 24 hours on Wednesday, of which 23 had been of the Omicron pressure. General the state’s energetic Covid caseload is at 3,173 – 31 are Omicron infections.