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Time to clear the ‘Farmers’ protest, and save Delhi from Covid surge

Delhi has been faced with surging cases of Chinese Virus in the second wave that has hit Bharat. While health infrastructure in the nation’s capital have been reeling under the pressure of cases, supplies of oxygen is being held up due to so-called farmers’ protest.

It was the Delhi police who ultimately came to the rescue of Covid patients by helping a truck carrying oxygen that was stuck at the Singhu border due to the ongoing farmer protests. The oxygen tanker was scheduled to arrive at Rohini’s Jaipur Golden Hospital.

In his statement, the DCP said “There was a lack of oxygen cylinders at the hospital. Station House Officer at Alipur along with other staffers rushed to the KMP flyover. The truck was found loaded with cylinders. With the help of Haryana police and traffic officials, the team cleared a passage.”

In the meanwhile, Haryana minister Anil Vij has made allegations that Delhi government looted medical oxygen tanker meant for Covid patients from the tanker headed to Faridabad from Panipat while adding that oxygen tankers would now be escorted by police. The possible involvement of Tikait and his group can’t be ruled out considering that it can’t be put beyond Tikait to use this as an opportunity to blackmail the government to accede to their demands.

Another important reason why the farmer protest needs to cleared with immediate effect is that there is confirmation regarding UK variant of Chinese Virus fuelling the surge of cases in Delhi. According to figures released by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) more than 400 cases of UK Chinese Virus strain have been detected in Delhi.

A report by Mint says:

Sujeet Singh, director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said that the current wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the national capital could have been fuelled by the UK variant as its prevalence in genomes sequenced nearly doubled from the second to the last week of March.  As many as 1,644 cases of the UK strain have been found in India, 112 cases of the South African strain, one of the Brazilian strain and 732 cases of the double mutant that emerged in India.

In Delhi, there are primarily two types of variants — B.1.617 and the UK strain — found in the genome sequenced samples, the NCDC director said. The UK variant was found in 28% of samples in the second week of March. In the last week of the month, 50% of samples had this variant, Singh added. “If we try to co-relate, the surge we are observing in Delhi, it directly co-relates to the type of variant which we are observing,” he said.

Unlike the hue and cry raised about Kumbh Mela, the cabal has maintained a conveniently studied silence on farmer protests in Punjab, Haryana, NCR, and Western UP where ex-pats returning from UK and Canada are more likely to have carried the foreign strains and along with the protests itself led to the spread of Covid resulting in rising cases.

In fact, farmers should draw some lessons from Hindu saints who ended the Kumbh Mela earlier than scheduled responding to PM’s call considering the rising cases of Chinese Virus.

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to observe the ongoing ‘Kumbh Mela’ in a “symbolic” way, the ‘Juna Akhara’ on Saturday concluded the annual event from its side ensuring that other saints linked to different Akharas also agree to end the holy pilgrimage.

Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha President Swami Avdheshanand Giri made the announcement through his Twitter handle and a video, declaring “the Kumbh Mela is now concluded for Juna Akhara”. “On the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Juna Akhara have decided to end Kumbh. The Gods whom we had invoked have been duly immersed. Other saints from different Akharas are also agreeing,” Avdheshanand said.

“Those saints who have to take part in the ‘Shahi Snan’ in the coming days will participate in it symbolically. Whole country is united after the call of Prime Minister. The whole country gets free from Covid-19. I am praying for world’s welfare from Kumbh Mela.”

Even political rallies in West Bengal, where Assembly elections in eight phases are ongoing, have been called off keeping the pandemic situation in mind. When Kumbh and political rallies can be curtailed, then there is no reason why roads to Delhi should be blocked in the name of farmer protests at a time when the entire country is reeling under the pandemic and human lives are at stake.

The protestors led by Rakesh Tikait can no longer be allowed to play with the lives of Delhi citizens and this blackmail and undeclared siege of Delhi has end right away.

(Featured Image Source: Outlook India)

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