BJD Will Not Hold Public Rallies for Pipili Bypoll: Naveen Patnaik

In a bold move, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has announced that the BJD will not hold public rallies or campaign meetings ahead of the Pipili bypoll. The decision has been taken keeping in mind the raging second wave of Covid-19 that the state is facing.

“Every life is precious and I always consider people of #Odisha as my family members. In this extremely serious #COVID19 situation amidst a surge in cases in the country, @bjd_odisha has decided not to hold any public rallies or campaign meetings in Pipili bypoll,” the tweet read.

The BJD supremo went on to add that election campaigns could potentially endanger the lives of people. “BJD as a responsible party will not like to put the lives of people in danger. We contest elections to serve people. If the campaign has the potential to endanger lives, I would earnestly appeal to political parties & @ECISVEEP to reconsider both the duration & method of campaigning”.

Patnaik ended the thread on a positive note saying, “India is a mature democracy and together we can come out with a solution. Democracy is by the people, for the people and of the people. Jai Hind.”

Notably, rallies and campaigns held by political parties in the ongoing West Bengal elections have received criticism from many. The nation seems to have underestimated the wrath of the second wave and is now on the verge of a serious healthcare crisis.

Polling for the by-election to the Pipili assembly is scheduled to be held on May 13.

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