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aimim: AIMIM writes to Election Commission for relaxation in ban on physical campaign | India News


NEW DELHI: AIMIM, the political party led by Asaduddin Owaisi, has written to the Election Commission of India seeking relaxation in its ban on all physical modes of campaigning for the upcoming assembly polls in five states.
EC while announcing the poll dates for UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur on Saturday, announced a full clampdown on physical rallies, roadshows, car and motorcycle rallies, padyatras and processions till January 14, in view of the rising Covid infections in the country. The ban will be reviewed after January 14, taking into account any change in the dynamic Covid situation.
In its letter sent to EC, AIMIM is said to have argued that the 100% restriction on physical modes of campaigning was putting the smaller parties like it at a disadvantage vis a vis the bigger and richer parties that have the resources and infrastructure to run a fully digital campaign.
A source said AIMIM had sought a window for the smaller parties to carry out physical campaigning.
Before it reviews the ban on physical rallies on January 14, the EC has been closely monitoring the pace of vaccination in the poll-bound states.
“The emphasis of the commission is to ensure 100% or the highest possible coverage of the first dose and also see that the second dose is administered to all those who are eligible. This will give protection to the voters from Covid or at least from severe symptoms or hospitalisation, even if they are infected, during polls,” said an EC functionary.
Incidentally, the vaccination pace has picked up in states like UP, where the first dose coverage has touched 90%.
An EC official had earlier told TOI that physical campaigning was banned till January 14 to ensure the safety of people during the “spreading stage” itself.
He added that depending on the situation, a call may be taken on allowing physical rallies during the campaign period, which starts from January 27 onwards.
Meanwhile, EC will also hold a meeting on January 14 with around 900 observers – including general, expenditure as well as police observers — to be deployed across the five poll-bound states. The meeting, which will be conducted via hybrid mode, will brief the observers on the monitoring mechanisms for ensuring a free, fair and Covid-safe poll.

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