The court has fixed the next hearing in this case on April 30 when it will also hear Singh’s main petition. In the main petition, Singh has requested to stop campaigners and candidates from campaigning in the assembly elections who are repeatedly violating the necessary guidelines issued by the Election Commission in the wake of the Kovid-19 global epidemic.
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Advocate Virag Gupta, appearing for Singh, told the bench that the Election Commission should “create awareness through digital, print and electronic media for physical distance and compulsory wearing of masks during the assembly elections.”
Gupta argued, “When all the officials are unanimous about making the use of masks mandatory, it is beyond logic why this rule should not be enforced during election campaigning.” On behalf of the Center, the government’s permanent advocate Anurag Ahluwalia accepted the notice.
Singh, in a petition filed through Gaurav Pathak, requested the Center to strictly abide by its March 23 order which required appropriate penalties for those who did not wear masks at public places and workplaces in the contested states. .
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Assembly elections are being held at various stages in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry. The elections started on 27 March and will end on 29 April.
Singh argued that despite the guidelines of the Center and the Election Commission, “Election campaigning is going on vigorously in violation of Kovid-19 rules”.
He claimed that the general public is being “indirectly discriminated against” as they are charged with penalties for violation of Kovid-19 rules but no action is taken against the leaders.
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