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100% audience is allowed in Kolkata theaters: Mamata Banerjee

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Kolkata opens theaters: The West Bengal chief minister took the decision at a time when the central government has asked Tamil Nadu to rescind a similar order.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has allowed 100 per cent audience in Kolkata theaters. Inaugurating the 26th Calcutta International Film Festival, Mamata Banerjee said that all cinema tickets could be booked and given to the audience if the cinemas followed the Covid security protocol (100 per cent audience allowed in Kolkata theaters).

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Mamata Banerjee made the waiver at a time when the central government had earlier asked the Tamil Nadu government to rescind a similar order. In its advice to the AIDMK government in Tamil Nadu, the Center had said that only 50 per cent of the audience was allowed in the auditorium under the current rules of Kovid. The Center said in its order that no state or union territory could change its mind.

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This is mentioned in the letter sent by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla to the Tamil Nadu government. Later in the evening, the Tamil Nadu government also withdrew the order. As part of the unlock process to resume social and economic activities, the existing guidelines for Covid-19 remain in effect until January 31. This decision of the Chief Minister of Bengal Mamata Banerjee is against the rules of the Center. Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay may soon issue a notice of permission to 100% of the audience in the theater. This could open another front between the Trinamool and the BJP before the Assembly elections.

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