Madras High Court blames Election Commission for the surge in cases in the country.
On Monday, Madras High Court blames the Election Commission for the surge in the number of cases in the country. HC also directed that EC should be in charge of the murder of all those who have died due to Covid-19.
The bench held by Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Senthilkumar told the EC that they could halt the counting on May 2 if they will not get any Covid-19 protocols till April 30 that will be followed in counting centers “At no cost can counting result as a catalyst for a further surge, politics or no politics, whether the counting takes place in a staggered manner or is deferred,” the court said.
EC told the HC that the responsibility of following all the Covid-19 norms comes under the State Disaster Management Act, and EC is only responsible for seeing that Covid-19 norms are followed, such as no public gatherings and social distancing are followed.
The Election Commission was always being criticized for allowing all the political leaders to rallies and gather huge crowds at rallies. The Election Commission decision of conducting West Bengal elections at eight-phase was also being criticized and not deciding to pill the election phases into one, knowing the condition of the serious health system.
When the Tamil Nadu elections ended, there were no large number of cases. But due to the election rallies in West Bengal, the cases were rising the EC could have curbed the rule at that time only. All the parties were demanding that the last phase election be clubbed, except for the BJP government. When Modi canceled the rally, the cases had already begun to rise exponentially.
The Madras High Court heard the hearing after the Tamil Nadu transport minister filed the plea.
The bench noted that face masks, sanitizers weren’t used, and no social distancing was maintained during election campaigning. “Were you on another planet when the election rallies were held?” the chief justice asked the ECI counsel, Niranjan Rajagopalan.
Source: Hindustan Times
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