Uttarakhand: Yet another shocking statement by a political leader has gained around controversy amidst the covid crisis. Former Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Thursday made a remark on the Sars-Cov-2 virus and said that the virus ‘has a right to live.
This shocking yet terrible statement triggered barbs from opposition party leaders who described Rawat’s remark as ‘insensitive’ and ‘foolish’.
During an interview with a local news channel about the havoc condition caused by the covid virus in Uttarakhand state, Rawat said that philosophically, the covid-19 virus is a living organism and has the right to live just like us humans. Since we are now after it, the virus is changing its form constantly, which was his reason for the new variants of coronavirus.
In the widely circulated video clip, the ex-CM says that along with us, the virus is also moving and that we have to move even faster so that the virus is left behind.
The Congress left no stones unturned to take potshots at Rawat. Uttarakhand Congress vice president Suryakant Dhasmana said that what the ex-CM has said is complete nonsense and a foolish thing. He has lost his mind and has no vision and this is probably why he was replaced abruptly by his own party members.
Prior to this incident, the former chief minister has been criticized for his comments. In 2019, he took back people by surprise claiming that the cow was the only animal that could inhale and exhale oxygen.
In March this year, the BJP abruptly replaced him with Tirath Singh Rawat. Amarjeet Singh, AAP’s Uttarakhand spokesperson said that Trivendra Singh Rawat’s remark reflected the BJP leaders’ wisdom. He also accused the state ruling party of making Uttarakhand a laughing stock.
Meanwhile, Rawat hasn’t clarified his comments as yet of now. The BJP in reply to the opposition’s accusations accused Congress and the AAP of indulging in a blame game despite the severe conditions due to the pandemic.
Manveer Singh Chauhan said that Congress was playing a dirty game and AAP took the opportunity for cheap publicity.
Covid-19 pandemic in Uttarakhand has seen a surging rise in the past few weeks. The virus killed over 4100 people in the state while the total number of active cases is 78304. It is currently the seventh spot in the nationwide list of corona hub spots.