Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday cancelled his election rallies scheduled for April 23 in West Bengal as the COVID-19 cases in the country rise alarmingly. He will chair high-level meetings to review the current coronavirus situation across the nation.
“Tomorrow, will be chairing high-level meetings to review the prevailing COVID-19 situation. Due to that, I would not be going to West Bengal,” the prime minister said.
Tomorrow, will be chairing high-level meetings to review the prevailing COVID-19 situation. Due to that, I would not be going to West Bengal.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 22, 2021
Following this, no further political meetings of the prime minister are scheduled in West Bengal, thus effectively ending his campaign in the state as of now. After the BJP decided to call off all big political meetings and rallies in view of rising COVID-19 cases and restrict its campaign to a maximum of 500 people in the state, Modi’s proposed meetings for Saturday were clubbed with his Friday campaign.
Opposition leaders have been critical of the BJP for the big rallies of its leaders at the time of surging COVID-19 cases.
The number of coronavirus cases in India hit a record daily high with over 3.14 lakh new infections being reported in a span of 24 hours pushing India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,59,30,965, according to the ministry data updated in the morning.