Even as India continues to report more than three lakh COVID-19 cases a day for the past few days, Indian Medical Association (IMA) national vice-president Dr Navjot Dahiya held Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for the rapid spread of the second wave, calling him "super spreader."
According to The Tribune, Dr Dahiya said the prime minister was addressing huge election rallies defying COVID-19 protocols, while the medical fraternity was trying hard to make people understand the importance to adhering to COVID-19 norms.
A few weeks ago, during a campaign rally in West Bengal appeared to praise the large number of people at the election rally. "Today, in all directions I see huge crowds of people... have witnessed such a rally for the first time... Today, you have shown your power. The next step is more important - go and vote and take others also," he had then said.
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The IMA national vice-president further said poll rallies and Kumbh Mela in Haridwar continued despite the burgeoning health crisis, and added that the impact of COVID-19 spread is visible across the country with increased fatalities and long queues of ambulances outside hospitals.
"The scarcity of medical oxygen has become the reason for the death of many patients in every part of the country against the fact that several projects for installing the oxygen are still pending with the Union Government for clearance, but no heed was given to such an important need by the Modi government,” Dr Dahiya had said in a statement.
He also pointed out that when the pandemic broke out first in January 2020, the prime minister, instead of making arrangements to fight coronavirus, "preferred to organise a gathering of more than one lakh persons in Gujarat to welcome the then US President Donald Trump."