Union Minister, Amit Shah said that the second Covid -19 wave has touched states where there are no elections to be conducted and so linking it to polls, as per the Centre is “not right,”. His statement comes in response to various people condemning the act of various political party leaders conducting election rallies amid a sharp surge in covid-19 cases.
He also said that the current situation in the country does not warrant a “lockdown in a hurry” and that the country will declare a victory over this situation soon.
Shah, while speaking to The Indian Express mentioned that the elections were not taking place in the states where the cases were rising every day. “Are elections being conducted in Maharashtra?”, he asked. “While there are 60,000 cases in Maharashtra, West Bengal has reported 4000.” He showed his concern regarding both the states and said that linking the Covid surge with elections is not right.
The Union minister when asked about the sense of urgency in the States now that the second wave has hit hard the country, responded that there were two meetings conducted with the chief ministers and he was present. The spread of covid this time is too high to fight easily with, he said.
Earlier, several other states have complained of shortages of vaccines, oxygen, hospital beds, and other necessary supplies while the Government is exporting them overseas. Shah completely denied the shortage of vaccines and mentioned the vaccination program was the fastest in the world. “There has to be a gap between the first and second shot,” he told The Indian Express.
The Home minister reported that the surge was mainly because of the new mutants of the virus and has been spread in various countries worldwide. To this, he also added that Scientists are studying it and a conclusion on this will be presumed.
It is a total surprise to see that despite the worsening condition in India, political leaders including the Prime Minister are busy addressing massive election rallies and roadshows without following the basic protocols of the covid-19 situation. The Opposition has also condemned this act.
India, on Sunday, reported 2,61,500 new cases of covid-19, taking the total tally to 1,47,88,109. The country has recorded by far 2 lakh infections on the fourth consecutive day.