Madras HC slams Election Commission
Why did leaders of political parties, Central and State Governments ignore these concerns ? The Court should take strict action against the people responsible for such situation !
Chennai – The Madras High Court on Monday observed that the Election Commission of India (ECI) was responsible for the second wave in the country and that its officials should probably be tried on murder charges for allowing political parties to hold massive rallies without following Covid-19 rules. The Chief Justice observed that the Commission had failed to enforce Covid rules regarding wearing of masks, use of sanitisers and maintaining social distance during election campaigning, despite HC orders. Covid situation in the country was under control at the beginning of this year; however, the elections held in four States and a Union Territory have spread the contagion. The Court came down heavily on the EC for allowing political parties to have massive rallies.
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Were you on another planet when the election rallies were held ?
The #MadrasHC asked the #EC if it was 'on another planet' when election rallies were held and warned it would not hesitate to stop counting of votes unless it put in place a blueprint of a plan to ensure #COVID19 protocols are followed.https://t.co/mYkVoTaG7f
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The HC also asked, ‘How did you permit political parties to hold election rallies ? Were you on another planet when the rallies took place ?’ The High Court also asked for a plan to enforce Covid rules on May 2 – the day of the results – by Friday. Failing which, the Court warned it could even stall the counting of votes.
Public health should be given a paramount importance
‘Public health is paramount. It is unfortunate that constitutional authorities need to be reminded. It is only when a citizen survives that he will be able to enjoy the rights that a democratic republic guarantees. Protection and security are a priority now, rest everything can follow later’, the Court said.