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Jaya Bachchan shoves fan during Howrah roadshow

Jaya Bachchan was canvassing for Mamata Banerjee-led AITC on the last day of the campaign for the fourth phase of the West Bengal elections

Actress-turned-politician and Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament Jaya Bachchan pushed and shoved a fan who was trying to take a selfie with her during her colourful roadshow in Howrah.

Jaya Bachchan was canvassing for Mamata Banerjee-led AITC on the last day of the campaign for the fourth phase of the West Bengal elections.

However, the actress lost her temper during the campaign when a fan tried to take a selfie with her. A video of the incident showed a visibly miffed Jaya Bachchan pushing the man away from her vehicle.

While the exact reason for her anger is not known, it’s being speculated that Covid-19 was a factor as the fan was not wearing a mask while, unlike other politicians, Jaya Bachchan kept her mask on during her campaign throughout the day. Jaya Bachhan held roadshows in Tollygunge and Shibpur in favour of AITC candidates.

A similar incident had happened on 6 April during the Tamil Nadu polls when a fan tried to take a selfie with actor Ajith and the actor snatched the fan’s smartphone. The video quickly went viral but later another video surfaced in which Ajith was seen returning the phone while asking the fan to wear a mask.

The rising number of Covid-19 cases have put focus on election rallies where the Covid-19 guidelines are being violated blatantly.

On 8 April, the Delhi High Court sought a response from the Centre and the Election Commission on a plea seeking to ensure that face masks are worn mandatorily by everyone involved in election campaigns. The plea sought a direction to the EC to publish prominently on its website, mobile apps, election material and other platforms the guidelines for the conduct of general elections/bye-elections during Covid-19.

The voting for the fourth phase in West Bengal will take place on 10 April. The counting of votes will take place on 2 May.

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