As Covid cases increase across West Bengal, particularly in Kolkata and its neighboring districts, TMC’s national secretary general and his Diamond Harbor MP on Saturday suggested that political activities for the January 22 municipal elections in four districts are banned.
After a meeting with the district administration on Covid-19 during his visit to Diamond Harbor, Banerjee said, “This is my personal opinion. But I think in this situation all types of political and religious activities should be postponed… No political and religious gatherings for the benefit of the people until February.
The BJP and the Left Front have also spoken out in favor of a ban on political gatherings to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Earlier this week, the Election Commission banned large political rallies for municipal elections in Bidhannagar, Chandannagar, Asansol and Siliguri.
Banerjee suggested that from January 16, the double mask be made mandatory. “We need to make the double mask mandatory. Until January 15, we can raise awareness on this subject… From January 16, it will be compulsory to wear two masks in all public spaces… ”, he declared.
The TMC MP said the state government aims to reduce the rate of Covid positivity to less than 5% over the next 7-10 days. On Saturday, the rate stood at 29.60 percent.
Speaking of the Covid restrictions, Banerjee said: “Markets should ideally be closed for two consecutive days instead of alternate days. We could avoid closing the markets on Saturdays and Sundays… ”
Banerjee, nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, insisted on vaccination and said those violating Covid guidelines in public places should be fined.
“So far 1.2 lakh of masks have been distributed in the recent past. We have also partnered with local artists, influencers and audience representatives to raise awareness at the local level. With the help of workers from Asha and Anganwadi, we conducted door-to-door surveys and increased awareness of health and hygiene, ”he said.