The Gujarat Congress on Wednesday alleged that the “Namaste Trump” occasion, organised by the state BJP authorities in Gujarat, on February 24 was liable for the unfold of coronavirus within the state.
State Congress President Amit Chavda mentioned his celebration needs an impartial probe by a Particular Investigation Staff (SIT) into this, and that they may method the Gujarat Excessive Courtroom quickly towards authorities’s “legal negligence”.
Nevertheless, the state BJP unit dismissed the allegation as baseless, saying the occasion was organised properly earlier than the World Well being Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, and the primary coronavirus case within the state was reported practically a month after the occasion.
On February 24, US President Donald Trump together with Prime Minister Narendra Modi took half in a highway present in Ahmedabad which was attended by 1000’s of individuals.
After the highway present, the 2 leaders addressed a gathering of over one lakh folks on the Motera cricket stadium, run by Gujarat Cricket Affiliation (GCA).
Gujarat reported its first coronavirus instances on March 20, when samples of a person from Rajkot and a lady from Surat examined constructive for the illness.
Mr Chavda in a video message mentioned, “In January itself, WHO clearly mentioned the coronavirus spreads from one particular person to a different. It had requested all of the nations to chorus from organising massive gatherings. Regardless of such warning, “Namaste Trump” was deliberate for political positive factors and permission was additionally granted by the Gujarat authorities.”
He alleged that the lethal coronavirus entered Gujarat and unfold amongst folks attributable to this mega occasion as 1000’s of foreigners got here to Ahmedabad forward of Donald Trump’s go to.
“Folks had been requested to face shoulder to shoulder on the highway to greet the leaders. Lakhs of individuals had been delivered to the stadium in buses. This triggered the unfold of the virus. This occasion was not a mistake, however a legal negligence. The “Namaste Trump” occasion was liable for group transmission of the virus,” Mr Chavda alleged.
“We’ll quickly file a petition within the Gujarat Excessive Courtroom demanding a judicial inquiry in it by an SIT comprising area specialists as its members. We’ll demand motion towards the federal government, GCA and the “Trump Abhivadan Samiti” (committee shaped to organise the occasion) by means of this petition,” he added.
Nevertheless, Gujarat BJP spokesman Prashant Vala termed the allegations as “baseless”.
“Amit Chavda wants to know that earlier than Trump visits any nation, a US workforce conducts an intensive inspection of the areas properly upfront to make sure there are not any safety and well being associated dangers, corresponding to viral an infection. With out such clearance, Trump by no means visits any nation,” he mentioned.
Furthermore, coronavirus was not declared a pandemic by WHO when the “Namaste Teump” occasion passed off, he mentioned.
The occasion passed off on February 24, and WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, he mentioned.
“The primary coronavirus instances in Gujarat was reported on March 20, nearly a month after the occasion. Amit Chavda is making baseless allegations for vote financial institution politics,” Mr Vala mentioned.
Gujarat has thus far reported 6,245 coronavirus instances and 368 deaths.