Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that tomorrow he would cancel his election campaign in West Bengal and instead hold high-level meetings with authorities on the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country.
“Tomorrow I will chair high-level meetings to review the prevailing # COVID19 situation. Because of that, I would not go to West Bengal,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi, who allegedly campaigned for the Bhartiya Janata Party.
Previously, Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi announced that he had canceled all demonstrations that had been scheduled in the state as cases continue to increase at an unprecedented rate. He had also urged other political leaders to consider the same.
“In view of the Covid situation, I suspend all my public demonstrations in West Bengal. I would advise all political leaders to think deeply about the consequences of holding large public demonstrations in the current circumstances,” he said in a tweet.
The eight rounds of elections in West Bengal began on March 27. After the sixth phase of today’s polls, two more phases will remain. The vote will take place on 26 and 29 April. The counting of the votes will take place on May 2nd.
Today, elections in the state, which began at 7 am, are held in 43 assembly seats: 17 in the North 24 Parganas district, nine each in Nadia and Uttar Dinajpur and eight in Purba Bardhaman. The turnout was registered around 13.00.
PM Modi held several virtual interactions and high-level meetings with state and central ministers, leading doctors and pharmaceutical companies in order to find solutions for the rampant increase in Covid-19 cases in the country. The meetings also highlighted the prime minister’s orders to increase vaccination against Covid-19 in the country, allowing anyone over the age of 18 to get the shot from May 1, 2021.
Earlier today, he chaired a high-level meeting to review oxygen supply across the country and discuss ways to increase its availability as the deadliest second wave of Covid-19 invades the country.
During the meeting, Modi called for the use of innovative ways to provide oxygen support to healthcare facilities. “States should come down heavily on oxygen hoarding,” the Prime Minister said at today’s review meeting on oxygen supply and availability.
Prime Minister Modi also ordered officials to ensure the states are supplied with oxygen on a regular and unhindered basis. “Resolve the responsibility with the local administration in case of obstruction,” Prime Minister Modi said.
Meanwhile, the worsening COVID-19 situation has seen increased demand for medical oxygen and patient beds, and many states report a shortage of essential medical supplies.
The availability of oxygen is a key element in the treatment of some medical conditions of Covid infection.
India, which is currently witnessing a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, has reported more than 3 lakhs of new infections in the past 24 hours