Mandaviya’s letter to Rahul on Covid management at Yatra sparks row | India News

Mandaviya’s letter to Rahul on Covid management at Yatra sparks row | India News
Mandaviya’s letter to Rahul on Covid management at Yatra sparks row | India News

NEW DELHI: Union well being minister Mansukh Mandaviya Wednesday requested Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to make sure that Covid protocol is adopted in his Bharat Jodo Yatra, and that he ought to think about stopping the march if this isn’t doable, triggering indignant reactions from Congress which alleged a “political motive” behind the advisory, experiences Durgesh Nandan Jha.
“Follow Covid pointers strictly throughout Bharat Jodo Yatra… If following Covid protocol isn’t doable then the Bharat Jodo Yatra be postponed within the nationwide curiosity, being attentive to the general public well being emergency,” the letter stated.
Congress, in its response to the letter, stated the well being minister had “singled out” the opposition social gathering’s occasion regardless that BJP was additionally concerned in crowd mobilisation.
Why minister’s Covid-caution letter solely to us, asks Congress
Defending his letter to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to observe Covid protocol in his Bharat Jodo Yatra, Union well being minister Mansukh Mandaviya stated a number of folks attending the Yatra had examined optimistic and it was needed for contributors to isolate themselves. Congress leaders questioned why the word of warning was not sounded to BJP members organising occasions as nicely.
“Use of masks-sanitiser needs to be applied. Only vaccinated folks ought to take part,” the well being minister stated in his letter to Rahul. “Participants ought to isolate themselves earlier than and after the Yatra.”
Talking to reporters in Parliament, Mandaviya stated, “Many individuals who participated within the Bharat Jodo Yatra have been discovered optimistic for Covid. Himachal Pradesh CM, who had participated within the Yatra, additionally examined optimistic. To be sure that this does not result in the unfold of an infection in Rajasthan, I referred to as a gathering of specialists and on the premise of their ideas, wrote a letter to Rahul Gandhi, who’s answerable for the Yatra, advising that Covid-appropriate behaviour needs to be adopted.”
He added that Congress’ criticism mirrored the social gathering’s negligent angle in the direction of the pandemic.
Congress chief Pawan Khera, who pointed to the shortage of restrictions in public transport, additionally requested the federal government to announce Covid protocols and stated the social gathering would observe them.”We are questioning why the same letter was not despatched to the president of BJP in Rajasthan, Satish Punia, who’s finishing up a Janakrosh Yatra there,” he advised reporters.
Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh identified that Parliament is assembly usually. “Masks are not obligatory wherever, together with on flights. BJP has taken out yatras in Rajasthan and Karnataka. There has been no advisory from the Centre to states of late besides the one issued yesterday on genome sequencing. It additionally bears recall that in March 2020, the Modi authorities delayed imposition of lockdown by not less than every week to allow the toppling of the Congress govt in MP,” he added.
Ramesh stated public well being was far too severe a difficulty on which to play social gathering politics. “If there’s a protocol for gatherings Bharat Jodo Yatra will abide by it undoubtedly,” the AICC common secretary (communications), stated in an announcement.
The Bharat Jodo Yatra noticed its final day in Rajasthan on Tuesday and entered Haryana on Wednesday.

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