Gujarat: Congress blames ‘Namaste Trump’ event for coronavirus spread

The Gujarat Congress on Wednesday alleged that the ‘Namaste Trump’ event organised by the state BJP government in on February 24 here was responsible for the spread of coronavirus in the state, PTI reported.

State Congress president Amit Chavda said his party wants an independent probe through a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into this, and will approach the Gujarat High Court soon against government’s “criminal negligence”.

“People were asked to stand shoulder to shoulder on the road to greet the leaders. Lakhs of people were brought to the stadium in buses. This triggered spread of the virus. This event was not a mistake, but a criminal negligence. The ‘Namaste Trump’ event was responsible for community transmission of the virus,” Chavda alleged.

“We will soon file a petition in the Gujarat High Court demanding a judicial inquiry in it through an SIT having field experts as its members. We will demand action against the government, GCA and the ‘Trump Abhivadan Samiti’ (committee formed to organise the event) through this petition,” he added.

Gujarat has so far reported 6,245 COVID-19 cases and 368 deaths

Meanwhile, The Ahmedabad municipal corporation on Wednesday said that all shops except those providing milk and medicines in the city to remain closed from 12 am on 7 May to 6 am on 15 May.

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