41% of people support banning political gatherings in assembly polls: Poll


A day after the Election Commission announced the polling schedule for five states, a poll found that 41% of people favored banning all political gatherings.

According to the survey, conducted after the announcement by the EC, 31% of citizens were in favor of postponing elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur.

In an unprecedented step, the commission on Saturday banned public gatherings, roadshows and corner meetings through January 15 in all five states, citing the further rise in Covid cases, and issued strict safety guidelines.

In the survey, conducted by digital community platform LocalCircles, 24% of respondents said Covid compliance should be imposed on all political rallies, but they must continue.

Four percent of respondents said no action was needed as the risk of Covid spreading due to the election is low.

The survey received more than 11,000 responses from citizens from 309 districts nationwide, including 4,172 responses from districts in the five competing states, the platform said in a statement.

While 68% of respondents were men, 32% were women.

The assembly polls announcement was welcomed by major parties, while parties including Congress urged the polls watchdog to ensure a level playing field given Covid restrictions on the campaign.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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