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EC bans roadshows, vehicle rallies in West Bengal after Covid safety norms flouted


NEW DELHI: Noting that COVID safety norms were being flouted in West Bengal during campaigning, the Election Commission on Thursday banned roadshows and vehicle rallies in the state with immediate effect and said no public meeting having more than 500 people would be allowed.

The order said the commission has noted "with anguish" that many political parties and candidates are still not adhering to the prescribed safety norms during public gatherings. The orders will come into force from 7 pm on Thursday.