It is proven fact that the second wave of COVID-19, got affected across the country due the reason like the recent elections held in four states and a Union Territory- Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, were held in April while the month -long Kumbh was also organised in Haridwar .
The Kumbh Mela, which is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world drew flak as many Kumbh returnees tested positive for the virus in various states of the country, thus increasing the caseload. In the wake of rising COVID-19 cases, many states mandated the COVID-19 test or quarantine for the returnees from Kumbh.
In the month of March, our own nine laboratories had cautioned that a new COVID-19 variant will spread very rapidly in India and there will be problems. However, the government thought they can go on conducting political rallies, can organise the Kumbh and all, says Kapil Sibal, said senior leader and strategist of Congress party.
The Prime Minister should come in front of the country and apologise,” he added.
After seeing the shocking report from Madhya Pradesh where 99 per cent of Kumbh returnees from Haridwar has tested positive for the coronavirus. In Delhi, a 14-day mandatory quarantine was ordered for the Kumbh returnees. The government also warned of strict action against those returnees who withhold information about their travels.
Gujarat, among other states, had made the RT-PCR test mandatory for those returning from Kumbh as devotees could be seen violating social distancing norms as well.
PM Modi should apologise for mishandling of COVID-19, says Kapil Sibal