Samajwadi Party’s Vijay Rath Yatra to be held in Ayodhya on January 9 has been cancelled. The party has taken this decision due to the increase in the cases of infection of the Omicron variant of the corona virus. Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has also canceled his other rallies scheduled for January 7 and January 8 in Gonda and Basti in Uttar Pradesh. In view of the elections to be held in February-March in UP, political parties are campaigning intensively.
Last month, Akhilesh Yadav canceled another rally in western UP. He had said that he would stay away from public programs for three days due to his wife and daughter coming back to be Kovid positive. Yadav shared his Covid-negative report on Twitter and said that he has taken this decision as a precaution as his family members have got infected.
On Wednesday, the Congress had written to the Election Commission asking it to “cancel large rallies (in the state) in view of the anticipated third wave of COVID-19”. The Congress has recently suspended all its programs in the election state of UP over the rise in cases of the highly infectious Omicron variant. 58,097 new cases of corona were registered in the country in the 24 hours ended on Wednesday.
Congress general secretary KC Venugopal was quoted as saying by news agency ANI, “The Congress has decided to postpone the big rallies in UP and other election states. We have asked the state units to check the spread of COVID-19 in our states.” Asked to assess the situation and then take a decision on holding rallies.”
Meanwhile, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also canceled a government function to be held in Gautam Buddha Nagar district of the state today. Although no official reason has been given for this, but in the last one week, the highest number of corona cases in the state have been reported in this district. Shocking visuals of Tuesday came to light from Bareilly district of UP with the information about the cancellation of this function. There, hundreds of women and girls were present without masks during a party program.
The Allahabad High Court had last month asked the Election Commission to defer the Uttar Pradesh elections, even if only for a few months. However, after a meeting with the Health Ministry officials, the commission said that the elections would be conducted as per the schedule.
During the elections, measures have been announced to prevent Kovid infection. This includes increasing the polling hours and increasing the number of polling stations. But the commission shies away from immediately cracking down on political rallies in which thousands of people are participating and during which social distancing is not followed.
UP registered 989 new cases of corona in the 24 hours ended on Wednesday. Of these, 23 are of Omicron strain. Overall, there are 3,173 active corona patients in the state. A total of 31 are infected with Omicron.