COVID-19: Mamata won’t campaign in Kolkata, rallies now just 30 minutes

With the poll-bound West Bengal reeling under the pressure of tackling the second wave of the coronavirus, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien, late on Sunday, announced that Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee will not be campaigning in Kolkata anymore.

“On April 26, she will only hold a symbolic meeting on the last day of campaigning in the state capital. Besides this, the Chief Minister has also decided to hold rallies for not more than 30 minutes in other districts as well,” the senior TMC leader said.

Kolkata reported over 2,000 new cases, the highest in Bengal on Sunday.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also suspended his political engagements in Bengal due to India’s ongoing Covid-19 surge.

Meanwhile, continuing BJP campaign trail for Bengal elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party national president JP Nadda on Sunday is scheduled to conduct large rallies in state.

Addressing a rally in Bengal, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that the Prime Minister is responsible for the “skyrocketing” of covid-19 cases in the country and therefore “he must resign.” “He is the man who is responsible. No planning, no administrative capabilities, complete inefficiency. Neither did he plan ahead, nor did he allow anyone to do so,” Mamata said.