The Pilibhit MP urged the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh to “honestly decide” after the state government imposed state-wide night curfew to check rising Covid cases, in a tweet on Monday.
“Imposing curfew in the night and calling lakhs of people in rallies during the day — this is beyond the comprehension of the common man,” he tweeted. “Given UP’s limited healthcare systems, we have to honestly decide whether our priority is to stop the spread of the dreaded Omicron or show electoral power,” he said.
रात में कर्फ्यू लगाना और दिन में रैलियों में लाखों लोगों को बुलाना – यह सामान्य जनमानस की समझ से परे है।उत्तर प्र… https://t.co/e223eFSzWx
— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) 1640586392000
Over the last couple of months, Varun had come out in support of the farmers’ agitation against the farm laws and also criticised the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Explaining his tweet, Gandhi told TOI: “Maximum transmission typically happens during the day as there are less people on the road during the night. It is a must to push for strongly cutting down social gatherings which could emerge as Covid-19 clusters.”
The BJP leader has raised a valid point. It is hypocritical to impose night curfews and restrict the number of people attending weddings while ignoring political rallies of thousands, if not lakhs. Covid doesn’t distinguish between different kinds of crowds.
He cited the Centre’s message to the Maharashtra government last year, saying measures such as night curfews, weekend lockdowns have very limited impact on containing or suppressing transmission.