COVID: Mamata Banerjee won’t campaign from Kolkata anymore, slashes rally time

Trinamool has written to the EC to club the remaining poll phases

In view of the rising number of COVID cases, Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to not campaign in Kolkata ahead of the polls. Three phases of elections are remaining in Bengal – which will conclude on April 29. Results of the Assembly elections will be out on May 2.

Banerjee mentioned her decision – to not campaign in Kolkata – at a television interview on Sunday evening. Also, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien tweeted that Banerjee won’t campaign in Kolkata anymore. On April 26, she will only hold a “symbolic” meeting on the last day of campaigning, in Kolkata, he wrote. “Mamata Banerjee will NOT campaign in Kolkata anymore. Only one ‘symbolic’ meeting on the last day of campaigning in the city on April 26. Slashes time for all her election rallies in all districts. Restricted to just 30 minutes,” he wrote.

There has been a sudden spike in COVID cases across the country, including West Bengal. A single-day spike of 8,419 new cases was reported on Sunday.

Banerjee also said her party will organise small meetings in Kolkata and short speeches will be delivered in the coming rallies scheduled in various districts.

Trinamool Congress has requested the Election Commission to club the remaining phases of the assembly elections into one in view of the worrying COVID situation.