Former Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat waded into an argument on Thursday over his feedback that Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, “has a proper to reside”, triggering stinging barbs from opposition leaders who described his assertion as not simply insensitive, but additionally “silly”.
“If we discuss philosophically, then Covid-19 virus can be a dwelling organism which needs to reside and has a proper to reside identical to people. Nonetheless, we take into account ourselves extra clever than every other dwelling organism. We at the moment are after it and to flee, the virus is altering its type continuously,” Rawat instructed a neighborhood information channel in the midst of an interview on the Covid-19 pandemic that has killed over 4,100 folks in Uttarakhand, greater than 258,300 throughout the nation and has compelled most states to impose strict restrictions.
Rawat continued within the widely-circulated video clip. “Therefore, we now must preserve our distance from it. It’s also shifting and we’re additionally shifting, however we have now to maneuver sooner than it in order that it will get left behind”.
The Congress moved quick to take potshots at Rawat.
“What Rawat, who was the state’s CM, has mentioned, is nothing however silly and nonsense. He has misplaced his thoughts and has no imaginative and prescient due to which he was changed abruptly by his occasion,” Uttarakhand Congress vp Suryakant Dhasmana mentioned.
“The virus is a dwelling organism, so was Ravana, Kansa and Mahishasura. However all of them had been killed by completely different gods as a result of they had been destroying the world identical to this virus which has killed lakhs… Rawat is simply uttering sheer nonsense,” he mentioned.
This isn’t the primary time that the previous chief minister, who was abruptly changed by TS Rawat in March this yr, has been ridiculed for his feedback. He surprised folks in 2019 when he claimed that the cow is the one animal that inhales and exhales oxygen. In March this yr, the BJP abruptly dropped him.
AAP’s Uttarakhand spokesperson Amarjeet Singh Rana mentioned Trivendra Singh Rawat’s comment was a mirrored image of his knowledge. “This reveals his and the BJP leaders’ knowledge. They’re making Uttarakhand a laughing inventory,” Rana mentioned.
Rawat hasn’t issued a clarification on his feedback but.
The BJP’s counter to the opposition’s barbs was a counter-attack, accusing the Congress and the AAP of indulging in a blame sport moderately than working for humanity within the pandemic.
“The Congress is simply enjoying a grimy blame sport and sees destructive in the whole lot even on this pandemic whereas AAP is doing this only for low-cost publicity because it has no political presence within the state,” mentioned BJP’s media in-charge within the state Manveer Singh Chauhan.
Uttarakhand state secretary of Indian Medical Affiliation (IMA) Dr Ajay Khanna mentioned, “Covid-19 virus is a dwelling organism. But it surely’s killing folks.” He didn’t elaborate however one other IMA functionary, who spoke on situation of anonymity, referred to as the assertion an insult to individuals who have misplaced their lives to the virus.
“It’s actually unlucky for this nation that when (the variety of) useless our bodies are rising each day on this nation, a pacesetter like Rawat who has been the CM of Uttarakhand is saying that Covid-19 virus is a dwelling organism and has a proper to reside. It’s simply shameful and an insult to all those that misplaced their lives to this deadly virus,” he mentioned.