The Aam Aadmi Party stated on Saturday that the Centre should issue "mandatory" protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19 and that everyone, including political parties and people participating in marches, must follow them.
New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party stated on Saturday that the Centre should issue “mandatory” protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19 and that everyone, including political parties and people participating in marches, must follow them. The statement was a covert allusion to the Congress’ “Bharat Jodo Yatra,” led by Rahul Gandhi.
Raghav Chadha, national spokesperson for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), said at a news conference that necessary guidelines should be issued by the Centre to prevent the situation that the nation experienced during the first and second waves of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
He said that the Center has not been able to recognise the “seriousness” of the earliest scientific indicators concerning the spread of the virus, which led to the country experiencing a serious crisis during the last two waves of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Center has not yet issued any mandatory protocols, as far as I am aware. When asked for his party’s position on the controversy surrounding Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya’s “follow COVID-19 guidelines,” Mr. Chadha told reporters that “if such protocols are issued, everyone must show respect to them and follow them, be it a political party or someone taking out any yatra.”
The AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab proposed that the central government monitor all flights arriving in India carrying passengers directly or indirectly from China and, if necessary, ban them to prevent the virus from entering the country.
Prevention is better than cure
A verbal battle ensued between the Congress and the BJP after the Union health minister wrote to Mr Gandhi earlier this week and asked him to consider suspending his party’s “Bharat Jodo Yatra” if COVID protocols were not followed.
The Congress has stated that the Bharat Jodo Yatra will move forward. The grand old party blamed the BJP for playing politics and attempting to halt the march in the name of the COVID pandemic. Currently, the caravan is in Delhi.