The Election Commission of India today sent a notice to the Aam Aadmi Party for violating its Covid-19 protocols after the party's Chief Ministerial candidate Bhagwant Mann visited the Sangrur district on Sunday. Mr Mann, who is also the party's Punjab chief and a Member of Parliament from Sangrur, yesterday launched his campaign to contest the upcoming Punjab assembly elections from the Dhuri assembly seat in Sangrur.
A large crowd had welcomed him in various villages, raising slogans and showering flowers. The party claimed that they had invited only a few locals but a large number turned out as the news of his visit spread on social media.
ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦਾ ਪਿਆਰ.... ਸੰਗਰੂਰ ਦੇ ਨਾਨਕਿਆਣਾ ਚੌਕ 'ਤੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੇ ਭਰਵਾਂ ਸਵਾਗਤ ਕੀਤਾ। pic.twitter.com/ZxX1DYofP8— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) January 23, 2022
The election body had on January 8, while announcing the poll dates, issued revised guidelines on the conduct of elections during Covid-19. It banned roadshows and rallies till January 15. The ban was extended till the end of this month on Saturday.
Punjab will vote in a single phase for 117 seats on February 20, the counting of votes will be done on March 10.
The poll body had earlier issued a notice to the Samajwadi Party for violating Covid norms at its office premises in Lucknow. However, the party was let off with a light rap and advised to be careful in the future.