Guwahati: Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi mocked State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma as a ‘failure’ in combating the Coronavirus pandemic in the State.
He said that the decision by Sarma to re-impose a lockdown in the city was ‘arbitrary’.
The capital city of Guwahati slated to undergo a 14 days complete lockdown from Sunday midnight once again. During this new phase of lockdown, even grocery or vegetables will remain closed.
The announcement triggered panic buying in the city and every essential commodities either ran out of stock or sold in almost triple the normal prices.
“Why there is no expert committee for COVID 19 with physicians, doctors as well as economists? Why only one minister is deciding on everything? Why there was no cabinet held before taking the decision? Is this the way to bring normalcy in the state?” Gogoi asked the state government.
Slamming Sarma’s comment when the minister said that city hospitals would run out of beds if community transmission happens here, the former CM said, “Sarma has been the health minister since he was in Congress and the poor state of the medical facilities in the capital city exposed his incompetence.”
“Moreover, the minister himself said that we have high recovery rate and very less fatality rate, then why a lockdown again? Sarma himself has been violating COVID 19 protocols and travelling from one state to other and one place to other without going to quarantine. Instead of enforcing strict laws, he has now singlehandedly decided to impose lockdown making everyone suffer,” Gogoi added.
Sarma was recently travelling to Delhi and Manipur regularly whereas Gogoi’s son Gaurav Gogoi was quarantined in Manipur when he had traveled there.
Gogoi also criticized Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for not addressing the crisis and the inflation of essentials in the wake of the lockdown.