New Delhi: The Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Vellamvelly Muraleedharan criticised Kerala over its relaxations granted for the Eid al-Adha festival in areas having the highest Covid-19 positivity rate. In an exclusive interview with India Ahead, Union Minister Muraleedharan talked about the worsening Covid situation in Kerala and ruckus in Parliament.
“The state government of Kerala instead of following the scientific methodology and the guidelines of ICMR and WHO, they are using this pandemic for their political benefit,” he said.
On the issue of Eid al-Adha, he said that the state government has given in to the pressure of soemm religious groups. “Some religious groups they have put pressure, they ease the lockdown. Traders are under severe strain, there have been suicides also, but the reason was the unscientific lockdown,” he added.
On the unscientific lockdown in Kerala, the Union Minister further explained that Kerala’s approach towards lockdown has been flawed, this, in turn, has been the reason for the surge in Covid-19 cases there.
“You have a continuous lockdown for the whole week then you allow the market to open for one day, naturally people rush in. It should have been done in a scientific manner,” Muraleedharan said.
When asked about the super spreader event much like Kumbh Mela in April and a probable third wave which can hit India any time, Murleedharan responded, ” Of course, this why Prime Minsiter of India has said that we need to be cautious, we need to follow the covid protocols, and also the strategy for Covid- Testing, Tracking and Treating and of course vaccination.”
“But Kerala has said that no, we won’t follow this protocol, we will first trace them, but it is not possible during the pandemic, so tracing has failed. That is why untraced cases come up every day. This is why the Kerala government should follow the scientific methodology,” he complained about Kerala’s government’s strategy to contain the rising numbers.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday (July 20) termed as “wholly uncalled for” the relaxations granted by the Kerala government for the Eid al-Adha festival. SC pulled up the state government for giving in to traders’ pressure by granting relaxations ahead of Bakrid and said it disclosed a “sorry state of affairs”.