Coming from people who have run the affairs of government for decades and are aware of the provisions of the Constitution, this insinuation is a testimony to their bias and the desire to profit from the pandemic… The Centre had the option of imposing President’s rule in the states and UT where elections were due. But leave aside the attacks that we would have inevitably faced for imposing central rule, this would have not been in consonance with the tenets of democratic accountability which requires a regime to seek a fresh mandate after the completion of its tenure. That is the very essence of democracy.
That’s a senior government minister justifying the decision to hold state elections—and pushing back at allegations that the BJP’s election mania helped fuel the second wave. Unfortunately, the ruling party’s commitment to democracy doesn’t explain the choice to hold election mega-rallies—which are not mandated by the Constitution.
A big vaccination mess in the making
The TLDR: The union government will kick off phase three of its vaccination drive on May 1. Unfortunately, while the intent is to expand access to younger Indians, the actual effect may be to create chaos, confusion and ultimately serious shortages that will affect everyone at every age.
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