EC, however, decided not to hold bypolls due in three Lok Sabha constituencies – Dadra & Nagar Haveli; Mandi in Himachal Pradesh; and Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh – and 31 assembly seats across 15 states until after the festive season, citing constraints like Covid situation, floods and festivals as conveyed to it by states. The poll panel also announced a tougher set of restrictions to ensure a Covid-safe bypoll campaign, limiting attendance at indoor meetings to 200 persons or 30% of the venue’s capacity, whichever is less, and for outdoor meetings to 50% of the ground’s capacity or 1,000 persons at meetings with star campaigners and 500 in all other cases. Candidates or political parties will bear the expenditure for the barricading.
Roadshows and motorcycle or bike rallies have been banned and the number of star campaigners capped at 20 for recognised national and state parties and 10 for unrecognised registered parties. Silence period will start 72 hours before end of poll. In Samserganj and Jangipur in West Bengal and Pipli in Odisha, campaigning will be allowed for only 8 days as candidates there have already availed of campaign period from April 29 to May 3.
Courtesy – timesofindia.indiatimes.com