Manipur Congress blames BJP-led govt for 'sharp' rise in COVID cases
The Manipur government has come under sharp criticism from the opposition Congress and a few student bodies over its handling of the Covid-19 situation as cases and fatalities continue to rise in the state.
Congress leader and former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh blamed the state government for its "failure" to control the virus spread.
Six prominent student bodies are currently staging a relay hunger strike in Imphal demanding effective management of the crisis.
The comments and protests come after the outpatient department and casualty wards of JNIMS hospital in Imphal closed down for three days since Thursday after 150 employees, including doctors, tested positive for the virus.
The Congress leader, while taking a jibe at the state government, had blamed it for the sharp rise in cases.
Ibobi said, “People will now have to face the brunt of the government’s poor management of the situation."
Ibobi also questioned the rationale behind considering a total lockdown when other states have lifted such curbs.
“Declaring containment zones and restricting movement will only add to the hardship of the people. Instead, when a person tests positive, the government should take him/her to a Covid treatment centre immediately,” the former chief minister added.
The relay hunger strike, launched by the six students’ bodies in pursuit of their 12-point charter demands for effective management of the Covid crisis entered its third day on Friday.