West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she will call upon the Election Commission to stop the BJP from bringing 'outsiders' during campaigning, squarely blaming the saffron party for exacerbating the COVID-19 situation in the state.
Banerjee, during a public meeting here in Nadia district, said the BJP brought people from 'worst-hit' states like Gujarat for erecting marquees for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poll rallies.
“I will tell the EC to stop the inflow of outsiders from states like Gujarat who are responsible for the COVID-19 spread in Bengal. We have nothing to say if the PM or other leaders come for campaigning... Why should the BJP bring people from worst-affected states to set up podiums and pandals for rallies,” she said.
10 states account for nearly 80 per cent of new cases
Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have shown a steep rise in daily new COVID-19 cases accounting for 79.10 per cent of the new infections, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.
India's daily new cases continue to climb as a record 2,17,353 new infections have been registered in a span of 24 hours.
Taking a dig at the government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said its strategy to fight the COVID-19 pandemic consisted of imposing a 'Tughlaqi lockdown, ringing bells and singing praises to the Lord.
Gandhi's attack on the government came amid a steep rise in coronavirus cases in the country with a record new infection taking India's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,42,91,917 on Friday.
In a tweet in Hindi, Gandhi said, “The Central government's COVID-19 strategy — Stage 1- Impose a Tughlaqi lockdown, Stage 2- Ring bells, Stage 3- Sing praises to the Lord.”
India added a record 2,17,353 new coronavirus infections in a day taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,42,91,917, while active cases surpassed the 15-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.
This is the second consecutive day that the country has reported over two lakh cases.
Registering a steady increase for the 37th day in a row, the active cases have increased to 15,69,743, comprising 10.98 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate dropped to 87.80 per cent.
According to the ICMR, 26,34,76,625 samples have been tested up to April 15 with 14,73,210 samples being tested on Thursday.
Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 61,695. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh with 22,339 while Delhi reported 16,699 new cases.
Maha saw the maximum casualties (349) followed by Chhattisgarh with 135 daily deaths, Delhi with 112, Uttar Pradesh 104, Gujarat 81, Karnataka 66, Madhya Pradesh 53, Punjab 50, Rajasthan 33 and Tamil Nadu 29.