Rahul Gandhi suspends political rallies, asks others to 'think about consequences'
New Delhi : Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday announced that he will not be holding any political rally till further notice amid rising cases of coronavirus. He also urged all political leaders to “think about the consequences of holding large public rallies”.
“In view of the Covid situation, I am suspending all my public rallies in West Bengal. I would advise all political leaders to think deeply about the consequences of holding large public rallies under the current circumstances,” He tweeted on Sunday.
Rahul Gandhi made the announcement on a day when India registered its highest single-day spike of over 2.61 lakh Covid-19 cases and active cases in the country surpassed the 18 lakh-mark.
The comment is specially targeted to the political parties which are doing campaigns in full swing in Kolkata despite surge in daily Covid-19 cases.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is the face of BJP’s Bengal campaign, held multiple rallies in the state on Saturday. At a rally in Asansol, Modi had said that he was “elated” to see the large crowd that had gathered on ground.
The Congress criticised PM Modi for his statement, with senior party leader P Chidambaram accusing him of showing “shocking callousness” by addressing rallies in West Bengal “instead of staying in Delhi” to handle the Covid pandemic situation.