The Election Commission has been asked by the Allahabad High Court to postpone the impending Uttar Pradesh assembly elections by a month or two. It also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prohibit election-related gatherings in the state and consider delaying state elections due to concerns over the highly contagious Covid variant Omicron. While hearing an unrelated bail petition, the court made the statement.

“Results will be worse than the second wave if rallies are not stopped,” Justice Shekhar Yadav warned, adding, “Jaan hai toh Jahaan hai (if there is life, we have the world).”

The judge made these remarks after pointing out that the court was routinely crowded because hundreds of cases were listed daily, and that the enormous number of persons who gathered there did not observe social separation. “As cases of the new variation Omicron rise, there’s a prospect of a third wave of Covid,” the court observed. He went on to cite news reports concerning the amount of Covid instances and countries that had implemented lockdowns.

“The Gram Panchayat elections and the Bengal assembly elections infected a large number of persons and resulted in a large number of deaths,” the court stated. Political parties are holding rallies and meetings in preparation for the impending UP assembly elections, he said, and observing Covid norms in such situations is impossible.

For the assembly elections, Judge Yadav asked that the EC restrict rallies and meetings of any kind and direct political parties to campaign through Doordarshan or media rather than actual events. He claimed that all Indians have a right to life, citing Article 21 of the Constitution.

Uttar Pradesh has the most Lok Sabha seats, which play a vital role in general elections, making it the most hotly contested and politically relevant election. All political parties have begun their major election campaigns, with celebrity campaigners attracting large crowds to rallies across the state. The Prime Minister, Home Minister, State Chief Minister, and leaders of all major opposition parties have all been spotted speaking to large crowds without following Covid regulations. Several more rallies are scheduled throughout the remainder of the month and early next year.

Crowds without masks and a lack of Covid proper behaviour during elections have sparked widespread outrage. As the number of cases of the extremely contagious Omicron version of the virus continues to climb, there are fears that pre-election political rallies could devolve into superspreader events that the state’s health infrastructure would be unable to handle.

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