The Congress on Wednesday cancelled all political rallies and programmes in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh after shocking scenes yesterday from an event in Bareilly district, in which hundreds of women and teen girls were seen without masks and in a near-stampede situation.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has cancelled Thursday’s rally in Noida because the district has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
It is unclear if the ruling BJP plans to follow the Congress’ lead in scrapping all political events and rallies – which draw crowds of thousands that make it difficult to maintain Covid safety protocols – as concern spreads over a third wave of infections led by the more transmissible Omicron strain.
In scary visuals from Tuesday, hundreds of women and teen girls were seen without masks at a marathon organised by the Congress as part of the party’s ‘ladki hun, lad sakti hun’, or women can fight, election campaign.
The crowd filled an entire road and, as they started, a few women in the front tripped and fell down, leading to a brief scare as hundreds pushed to get past those in the front.
The situation almost led to a stampede; fortunately, no one was injured.