“No Poll Rally Spread Coronavirus in Assam”: Himanta Biswa Sarma
GUWAHATI: Discarding the questions that the Covid19 situation had started to get worsen due to the poll campaigns held with thousands of people in recent times ahead of the state polls, health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that no poll rally spread the coronavirus infection in Assam.
Questions were raised when the state government has recently issued restrictions on Bihu functions. The Bihu committees alleged the government of being biased and said that why there were no restrictions when the politicians were holding poll rallies with large gatherings but in Bihu functions.
To which Sarma said, “The situation was normal during the poll season. There were very few cases of Covid position at that time. If the situation would have been like today then we all politicians would have been infected already. But it did not happen. Assam has seen the surge in numbers only after April 3.”
The three phased Assam polls ended on April 6. The poll campaigns ended on April 4.
“We have done rallies in several places in the state but there is not a single case in the majority of these places. Cases were mainly registered in places where railway stations and airports are located and town areas. We have also conducted a study to check whether it spread during the poll campaigns but it came out negative,” the minister added.
He added that so far the urban areas like Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Tinsukia as well as towns like Tezpur, Nagaon and other locations were hit by the pandemic.