Congress postpones its women’s marathon across Uttar Pradesh amid rise in Covid-19 cases


The Congress on Wednesday postponed its women’s marathon, titled 'Ladki Hun Lad Sakti Hun' across Uttar Pradesh in view of a rise in Covid-19 cases. At least seven to eight marathons were reportedly planned in Noida, Varanasi and other districts of the states in the coming days.

The UP Congress Committee also wrote to Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra "to cancel big rallies in view of anticipated third Covid-19 wave.

Later, Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal said the party will postpone all major rallies in Uttar Pradesh and other poll-bound states. “We have asked state units to assess the Covid-19 situation in their states and take a decision on holding rallies,” Venugopal said. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has also cancelled his rally in Noida on Thursday. The Gautam Buddha Nagar district has one of the highest number of coronavirus cases in the state.

The grand old party also urged the EC to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chief minister from using government machinery/money for inaugurations and making political statements at these events.

A day ago, a stampede-like situation was reported in a marathon of the Congress in Bareilly. Videos had emerged from the site, which showed some girls tripping and falling to the ground while running in the marathon. Those coming from behind had to suddenly stop, leading to more participants falling down.

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