Covid-19: Kumbh Mela was Biggest Super Spreader Event in the World, Says AICC Official

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The Modi government was under fire for allowing and encouraging hundreds of thousands of devotees to gather at Kumbh.

All India Congress Committee general secretary Dinesh Gundu Rao blamed Prime Minister Narendra modi for not doing enough to rein in the rapid spread of infections earlier this year.

PANAJI — All India Congress Committee general secretary Dinesh Gundu Rao, on Saturday, said that the Kumbh mela organised in Uttarakhand amid the second Covid wave, was the “biggest super spreader event in the world”, even as he blamed Prime Minister Narendra modi for not doing enough to rein in the rapid spread of infections earlier this year.

Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Rao also said that despite being the largest manufacturer of vaccines in the world, India was worse off than its South Asian neighbours.

“The biggest super spreader event in the world was the Kumbha mela,” Rao told reporters at the state Congress headquarters in Panaji.

“People throughout the country lost their lives and livelihood, they are suffering. Why? Because the central government did not bother to address the situation. It did not bother to purchase the vaccines. It did not bother to warn the people that the second wave of Covid has already started, let us be careful,” Rao said.

“Instead of that, he was doing election rallies, even though he knew that the second wave had come. Never in the history of Indian politics, has a PM behaved so irresponsibly… And he does not care. He does not bother,” Rao also said.

“The PM was busy congratulating himself. Why is the situation not the same in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, our own neighbours,” the AICC official asked. — IANS

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