New Delhi:

At a time when consultants are urging strict precautions amid warnings of a 3rd wave of Covid, an Uttarakhand minister has been caught sitting in a gathering with a masks hanging off his toe. The picture has gone viral and has been slammed as a present of egregious callousness by the minister, Swami Yatishwaranand.

Yatishwaranand, a Minister of State in Uttarakhand’s BJP authorities, shouldn’t be the one one within the picture and not using a masks. Four others within the assembly are maskless, together with two extra ministers, Bishan Singh Chuphal and Subodh Uniyal.

“This is the seriousness of the ruling party’s ministers. And then they punish poor people for not wearing masks,” tweeted Congress spokesperson Garima Dasauni.

She questioned what message the minister was giving to the lots when lakhs had suffered or misplaced their lives within the second surge of Covid in April-May.

Another Congress chief, Pankaj Punia, mocked the minister saying: “Here is the right way to use a mask.”

A pacesetter of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Deep Prakash Pant, wrote an identical put up: “Learn from this cabinet minister in Uttarakhand what the right place is for a mask.”

AAP spokesperson Amarjit Singh Rawat was quoted as saying that Swami Yatishwaranand ought to apologise.

The Uttarakhand authorities has been criticised for its perceived soft dealing with of a large Covid surge that swept by means of the nation two months in the past.

Earlier this week, the state cancelled the Kanwar pilgrimage on account of Covid. The annual ritual sees hundreds stroll or experience to the river Ganga at Haridwar to gather water and convey it again to Shiva temples of their space.



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