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EXCLUSIVE | COVID: A lawyer files a petition in the Supreme Court asking the EC to order the EC to prohibit political rallies in election-year states.

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a ban on all political rallies scheduled in five poll-bound states due to the COVID situation in India.

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court, requesting a ban on all political rallies scheduled in the five poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa, and Manipur, due to the COVID situation in India. Advocate Vishal Tiwari, who filed the petition, spoke exclusively with Republic about the demands made in light of the new Coronavirus variant.

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“The direction we sought is that the Election Commission must practically implement the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Election Commission, which are not followed by any political party during campaign or rallies,” said Vishal Tiwari.

“The victim is the common man”

Tiwari went on to say that if Coronavirus infections rise, it is only the common man who suffers, but political parties have complete power to organise political rallies in any way they see fit. People are advised to avoid public gatherings, according to the Advocate, while politicians invite them to participate in rallies.

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“Physical political rallies are held in our county during election time,” he said, “but this must shift to the digital medium to curb Coronavirus infections.” He believes that if the judiciary system can move to a digital platform with the advent of COVID, why can’t politics?

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Cases of Omicron in India

According to the Health Ministry, there are 358 Omicron cases in 17 Indian states/UTs as of today. A total of 114 people have been found. “On December 21, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued a preemptive warning to states, advising them to impose restrictions such as night curfews and regulating large gatherings. Increase the number of beds available and other logistics, as well as strict enforcement of COVID-appropriate behaviour “, the Union Health Secretary said at a press conference today, December 24.

India’s COVID-19 situation

India reported 6,650 new coronavirus infections and 7,051 recoveries in the last 24 hours on Friday, December 24. Active cases account for less than 1% of total infections, according to data provided by the Union Health Ministry, and are currently at 0.22 percent, the lowest since March 2020. COVID-19 has a recovery rate of 98.40 percent. To date, the country has given out 1,40,88,08,461 doses of COVID-19 vaccine as part of a nationwide vaccination campaign.

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