Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat entered controversy on Thursday after his comments that Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, “has the right to live”, triggering stinging tingles from opposition leaders who described his statement as not only callous but also “insane”.
“If we speak philosophically, then the Covid-19 virus is also a living organism that wants to live and has the right to live like humans. However, we consider ourselves smarter than any other living organism. We are now looking and to escape the virus is constantly changing shape, ”Rawat told a local news channel during an interview about the Covid-19 pandemic that has killed more than 4,100 people. in Uttarakhand, more than 258,300 across the country and has forced most states to impose strict restrictions.
Rawat continued in the widely released music video. “Therefore, now we have to keep our distance. He is also moving and we are moving too, but we have to go faster than him so that he is left behind ”.
Congress moved quickly to take photos in Rawat.
“What Rawat, who was the state CM, said is nothing but stupid and absurd. He has lost his mind and has no vision because of which he was abruptly replaced by his party, ”said Vice-President of the Uttarakhand Congress, Suryakant Dhasmana.
“The virus is a living organism, just like Ravana, Kansa and Mahishasura. But they were all killed by different gods because they were destroying the world, just like this virus that killed lakhs … Rawat is just talking nonsense, ”he says.
This is not the first time that the former chief minister, who was abruptly replaced by TS Rawat in March of this year, has been ridiculed for his comments. He stunned people in 2019 by claiming that the cow is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen. In March of this year, the BJP abruptly abandoned it.
AAP’s Uttarakhand spokesperson Amarjeet Singh Rana said Trivendra Singh Rawat’s remark reflected his wisdom. “It shows his wisdom and that of the BJP leadership. They make Uttarakhand a laughing stock, ”said Rana.
Rawat has yet to release clarification on his comments.
The opposition bearded BJP counterattack was a counterattack, accusing Congress and the AAP of engaging in a blame game rather than working for humanity in the pandemic.
“Congress is just playing a dirty blame game and seeing negative in everything, even in this pandemic, while the AAP is doing it just for cheap publicity because it has no political presence in the state,” said Manveer Singh, head of media for the BJP in the state. Chauhan.
Indian Medical Association (IMA) Uttarakhand Secretary of State Dr Ajay Khanna said: “The Covid-19 virus is a living organism. But it kills people. He did not elaborate, but another IMA official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, called the statement an insult to people who have lost their lives to the virus.
“It is a real shame for this country that when (the number of) corpses increases every day in this country, a leader like Rawat who was the CM of Uttarakhand says that the Covid-19 virus is a living organism and has a right to live. It is just shameful and an insult to all those who have lost their lives due to this deadly virus, ”he said.