BJP hosting massive rallies as India gasps for breath
Kolkata, India: The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), lead by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen hosting a massive political rally, involving at least a few hundred people in Telangana, ahead of municipal elections, as India gasps for breath amid the world's worst COVID-19 crisis to date.
In an unusual sight of negligence at the height of a global crisis, members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are holding political rallies to drum up support ahead of municipal elections.
Municipal elections are being campaigned for in parts of southern Telangana state. On Monday, images tweeted by the BJP Telangana official account show crowds gathered at rallies in Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation, with many of them not wearing masks or following social distancing guidelines.
PM MODI'S BJP PARTY CONTINUE TO HOST MASSIVE RALLIES AMID AN UNPRECEDENTED INDIA COVID-19 SITUATION (IMAG VIA CNN)
Hundreds were seen gathering on the streets of Telangana, cladding saffron flags and accessories to wage in their support from the Hindu Nationalist party of Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi, which has lately come under the fire of international media and observers for putting politics ahead of humanity.
Many of the tweets and images showing wider shots of large crowds gathered in the streets for the rallies were later removed from the party's Twitter account, CNN noted.
"Unbelievable," wrote Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world's biggest NGOs. "India is facing a devastating Covid-19 crisis, and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party is still holding political rallies like this," he wrote in a Tweet.
Unbelievable: India is facing a devastating Covid-19 crisis, and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party is still holding political rallies like this. https://t.co/iS79GFvt5B pic.twitter.com/57At3XzZ84— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) April 28, 2021
PM Modi's political party that is aggressively pursuing power in the majority of the Indian states has come under the fire in recent times after several instances of the party workers ignoring and influencing risky activities were noted.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands take to polls in West Bengal despite rising Covid events, people in the Indian state of West Bengal are voting in the final phase of elections.
Long lines were seen outside polling booths, raising fears of the virus spreading further as a deadly second wave sweeps the world especially India.
Experts are also concerned that West Bengal will become the next epicentre of the virus, as campaigning with huge crowds has continued there. It reported over 17,000 cases in the last 24 hours, setting a new high.