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World Modi's BJP: India's ruling party leader says 'responsibility is ours' for Covid-19 outbreak

07:25  30 april  2021
07:25  30 april  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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Indian Prime Minister Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) party have come under fire for holding several mass rallies in the eastern West Bengal state with thousands in attendance between March and April ahead of state elections. Thursday was the last day of voting and polls have now The devastating Covid situation has also led India to accept international assistance for the first time in "14 or 15 years," according to Taneja. "These are extraordinary times, and we are grateful and thankful to the people," he said . " Our focus is how can we basically now defeat Covid and overcome this.

Modi and the BJP have come under fire for holding several rallies in eastern West Bengal state with thousands in attendance between March and April ahead of state polls. Members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ’ s Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) continue to hold rallies despite a devastating second wave of coronavirus gripping the country. BJP Telangana. Experts fear the Covid - 19 pandemic in India is spiraling out of control thanks to a "perfect storm" of poor vaccine coverage, mass gatherings and the prevalence of more contagious variants of the virus.

Responsibility for the devastating second wave of Covid-19 now sweeping India belongs "first and foremost" to the government, according to Narendra Taneja, a spokesman for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

a group of people in a room: TOPSHOT - A health worker wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) kit walks inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a COVID-19 coronavirus ward in New Delhi on April 27, 2021. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP) (Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images) © Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images TOPSHOT - A health worker wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) kit walks inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a COVID-19 coronavirus ward in New Delhi on April 27, 2021. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP) (Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)

"We are in power, we are the government in India so of course responsibility is first and foremost ours, good or bad, whatever it is. It is our responsibility and we're trying our very level best," Taneja told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

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However, he also argued that the current crisis could not have been foreseen. "A lot of people are saying that... we knew in February. At that time, scientists and doctors were more or less of the same view," he said.

"Evidently something went wrong, evidently we were hit by a tsunami, and as you know, you're often not aware. In most cases 80-90% reasons could be external. We don't know. We don't want to blame anybody. We know we're in power, we are responsible.. our focus is now on how we can save lives."

India is experiencing one of the world's worst Covid-19 outbreaks, reporting 379,257 new cases on Thursday, a new global record, according to figures released by the country's health ministry. The country also reported 3,645 deaths, the highest number of Covid-19 deaths the country has reported in a single day. Even more deaths and cases may be going unreported.

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India recorded 1 million Covid - 19 cases over the last three days, pushing the total number of cases in the country to more than 18 million since the pandemic began, according to figures released today by the country’ s Health Ministry. Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) have come under fire for holding several rallies ahead of the elections in West Bengal, with thousands in attendance and failing to abide by social distancing guidelines. Critics have accused the BJP of putting politics before public health.

India's daily death toll is now projected to continue climbing until mid-May, according to prediction models from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations. The death toll could peak at more than 13,000 a day -- more than four times the current daily death toll, the predictions show.

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Indian Prime Minister Modi and the BJP have come under fire for holding several mass rallies in the eastern West Bengal state with thousands in attendance between March and April ahead of state elections. Thursday was the last day of voting and polls have now closed in West Bengal.

When pressed by Amanpour as to why his party continued to hold such events as cases rose, Taneja pushed back and said the "autonomous" Election Commission of India was responsible for allowing elections events to continue to take place over a one and a half month period.

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The belief that India may have shaken off Covid - 19 for good was bolstered by some scientists. Members of a committee established by the government to create a “supermodel” of Indian cases published a study in September claiming their model showed India may have already reached herd immunity. In West Bengal, a state considered a prize for Modi ’ s ruling Bharatiya Janata party ( BJP ), India ’ s election commission overruled opposition parties and gave permission for the country’s longest-ever regional election campaign, along with elections in four other states and territories.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party have faced criticism over the last few weeks for holding huge election rallies in the state, which health experts suggest might have driven the surge there too. A COVID - 19 patient waits in an ambulance outside a hospital in Jaipur as India ' s healthcare system buckles due to Covid. A patient breathes with the help of oxygen provided by a Gurdwara, a place of worship for Sikhs, under a tent installed along the roadside in Ghaziabad, India .

Taneja said that BJP had "no option" on whether to hold rallies because of the Election Commission's decision on when polls were held, saying "we as a political party -- for that matter, all political parties in India -- had no option but to go along with it."

"These are regional elections which had been going for on the last one and a half months, it was not just one date, there was several dates and there were various state assemblies... that was planned a long time in advance by the Election Commission of India which is a constitutional authority reporting only to parliament," he said, adding that the government could not give them a directive because they are autonomous.

Taneja did, however, concede that the rallies gave the public "a kind of message that Covid was over, the threat of Covid was over, that was a bit unfortunate, but as I said, that was not in the hands of the government."

a pile of luggage sitting on top of a suitcase: Family members and ambulance workers in protective equipment carry the body of a victim who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at a cremation ground in New Delhi on April 27, 2021. © PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images Family members and ambulance workers in protective equipment carry the body of a victim who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at a cremation ground in New Delhi on April 27, 2021.

In February, BJP passed a resolution which declared victory over Covid and hailed PM Modi as a "visionary." Tejera told CNN that such language was "overenthusiastic" but that it was drafted by a very small part of the political party.

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The devastating Covid situation has also led India to accept international assistance for the first time in "14 or 15 years," according to Taneja. "These are extraordinary times, and we are grateful and thankful to the people," he said.

"Our focus is how can we basically now defeat Covid and overcome this. I can share with you that we will overcome it and shall overcome it very soon," he added.

a person sitting on a bed: Covid-19 coronavirus patients rest inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a Covid-19 coronavirus ward in New Delhi on April 29, 2021. © TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/AFP via Getty Images Covid-19 coronavirus patients rest inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a Covid-19 coronavirus ward in New Delhi on April 29, 2021.

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