Brainstorm with health experts-Modi government on the situation of Corona, not with parties: Congress

Congress: The Congress on Thursday hit out at the Election Commission, asking it to consult health experts on the COVID-19 situation, seek data from the government and take an independent decision on whether to hold elections in five states and not act like a “toothless tiger”. Do. On this remark made by Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra in Lucknow, all political parties have supported the conduct of elections on time following the Kovid protocol.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the details about the status of Kovid-19 are with the Modi government and not with the political parties. Early next year, elections are to be held in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur. In a statement here, Surjewala said, “Instead of acting like a toothless tiger, the Election Commission should seek data from the Modi government. It should be shared with all parties. Health experts-epidemiologists-virologists should be consulted.” And take independent decisions.”

Responsibility of ECI – Surjewala

Surjewala further said, “The constitutional responsibility for the elections lies entirely with the Election Commission of India (ECI).” The Congress leader told the Election Commission that the nationwide data of Kovid-19, its prevalence, doubling time, genome sequencing results and the impact of the vaccine against Omicron form is with the Modi government and not with the political parties. .

Surjewala asked whether the Election Commission is aware that 47.95 crore Indians are yet to be given 59.40 crore doses of vaccine. “In the newly added categories of booster doses for the elderly and 15-18 years, an additional 25.70 million people will need 35.70 million doses. With the arrival of Omicron, we need 95.10 crore doses,” he said.

Surjewala asked this question

Surjewala asked whether the Election Commission has also asked the Modi government to share data on the impact of COVID-19, especially the omicron form, vaccination plans and timelines, and vaccines. He accused the election unit of remaining a “mute spectator” during the first wave of the pandemic and said that the Prime Minister at that time Narendra Modi He went ahead with the “Namaste Trump” program and held a Jan-Ashirwad Yatra and a big election rally in Bengal and elsewhere.

The Allahabad High Court had suggested on 23 December that the central government should consider postponing the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections due to a possible third COVID wave related to Omicron. Earlier in the day, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said in Lucknow that all political parties in Uttar Pradesh want the assembly elections to be held as per schedule, ensuring the Kovid protocol. He also asked the state government to increase the anti-Covid vaccination.

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