Chirag Paswan collapses after lighting father's funeral pyre

Updated: 27 October, 2020 10:35 IST | Agencies | Patna/Bhagalpur/Gaya

However, these have not had any salutary effect and the crowds remain unrestrained as people jostle for occupying vantage positions at election rallies.

Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan addresses a rally ahead of the Bihar assembly polls, in Buxar district, on Sunday. Pic/PTI
Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan addresses a rally ahead of the Bihar assembly polls, in Buxar district, on Sunday. Pic/PTI

With the campaign for the Bihar assembly elections reaching a fever pitch, the Election Commission's warning of stern action for violation of COVID-19 protocol has gone unheeded with people gathering in huge numbers at rallies without wearing masks or caring for social distancing.

Several senior leaders including Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, BJP incharge for Bihar polls Devendra Fadnavis, former union minister and Chapra MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy, his Gaya counterpart Vijay Manjhi, BJP national spokesman Syed Shahnawaz Hussain and former state minister Narendra Singh have fallen victim to the contagion. However, these have not had any salutary effect and the crowds remain unrestrained as people jostle for occupying vantage positions at election rallies.

Strict COVID-19 protocol was maintained at the rallies addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dehri, Gaya and Bhagalpur, and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's public meetings at Hisua and Kahalgaon on Friday, but elsewhere the crowds throw caution to the wind in their unbridled enthusiasm.

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First Published: 27 October, 2020 08:17 IST

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