Sense finally prevails: UP parties call off poll rallies amid Covid surge

Even when the virus situation was growing grim, parties had gone about organising huge poll rallies.

The Covid-19 surge has been on, and it looked like election rallies and meeting were more important to political parties in Uttar Pradesh. The parties which had been ignoring the surge went about organising huge rallies in their bid to assume power in the state.

But with the virus spread threatening to go out of hand, sense seems to have prevailed over politics. Better late than never is the theme here as political outfits are fast cancelling or postponing the already scheduled rallies in the state.

The Congress, which has been looking to make inroads into UP after the drubbing it was handed over by voters during the last Assembly elections, had scheduled a slew of massive rallies to get back its vote share. Holding aloft women’s welfare, the party had organised women’s marathons with the title ‘Ladki Hun Lad Sakti Hun’ across Uttar Pradesh.

Poll rallies or super spreaders?

The marathons were planned to be taken out in places such as Noida, Varanasi and other districts. However, with Covid surge being reported, the UP Congress unit has now decided to call off the proposed rallies owing to the virus spread and to prevent further surge.

One of the ‘Ladki Hun Lad Sakti Hun’ campaigns taken it had ended in a nightmare with participants, who didn’t even care to wear face masks, toppling over and leaving many hurt. This caused a lot of embarrassment to the Congress and the calling off of any more such conclaves would help the party forget the embarrassment.

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