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In today’s featured cartoon, Sandeep Adhwaryu gives a veiled warning that the upcoming elections in five states and the massive political rallies that are already being organised could be a ‘booster’ for the Omicron variant of Covid, just like they were for the Delta variant last year.
E.P. Unny has a more direct take on the same issue — he hopes parties stick to Covid protocols and guidelines to keep the electorate safe.
Kirtish Bhatt | BBC Hindi
Kirtish Bhatt draws on the Allahabad HC urging the government to stop rallies in election-bound states amid the surging pandemic. The judges said ‘jaan hai toh jahaan hai‘ (you have everything if you have life), but the common man asks them to revise it to make politicians understand: ‘Voters hain toh chunav hai‘ (Only if there are voters will there be polls).
Alok Nirantar refers to the hate speeches against minorities in the Dharm Sansad held in Haridwar as a ‘booster’ dose to the incumbent BJP chief ministers of Uttarakhand and UP, Pushkar Singh Dhami and Yogi Adityanath respectively.
Manjul also alludes to the Haridwar ‘Dharm Sansad’, showing PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah surfing a wave of hate while paying lip service to curbing hate speech.
R. Prasad has a cheeky take on what it means for 22 farmer unions to take the political plunge by forming their own party, Samyukt Samaj Morcha, led by Balbir Singh Rajewal.