Guwahati: Senior BJP leader and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma hit back on Sunday morning after his comment on – ‘No need to wear mask as there is no COVID in Assam’ – led to a row.
Sarma took Twitter to hit back on rivals and wrote: “Those who are making fun on my statement on masks must come to Assam and see how we have contained COVID-19, compared to states like Delhi, Kerala and Maharashtra… along with impressive recovery of economy.”
“We will celebrate Bihu also with the same enthusiasm this year,” he added.
Sarma’s comment on ‘No Mask’ came during an interview with a news outlet, he said that there wasn’t any need to wear face mask as there is no Coronavirus in Assam.
“The Centre might give its directives but in the context of Assam, as on present date, Covid is almost non-existent. So,Himanta why this need to create panic among people?” Sarma said.
“When the need to wear masks will arise, I will tell people to do so. At present, we have to focus on reviving the economy. If people wear masks how will beauty parlours run? They too need to sustain,” he told the news outlet.
The minister’s statement came at a time when several states in the country are witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases. Assam, however, hasn’t witnessed a similar surge in fresh Covid-19 cases.
Assam’s share in that spike is minimal – 68 new cases and no deaths, and the positivity rate has shot up from 2.2% four weeks ago to 7.1% today