Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today blamed his predecessor Kamal Nath for the novel coronavirus outbreak in Indore, the worst-hit city in the state. He said the Kamal Nath-led Congress government did not take any action.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan was speaking at a special session at ‘E-Agenda Aaj Tak’ on Saturday.
“When I became the chief minister, a large number of Covid-19 cases were reported from Indore on March 24.Since then, the number has kept rising because the transmission had already spread extensively in some localities. These localities were reporting a large number of cases and even deaths. The Kamal Nath government had not taken any action to contain this,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.
He said upon becoming the state CM, he changed the district administration and has been in constant touch with them.
“We extensively increased the testing rate and have done a survey of 8-9 lakh people in Indore which is a high risk zone. We also carried out door-to-door survey and acted against people spreading rumours and those who misbehaved,” he said.
He claimed that today the situation in Indore is “under control”. “I believe the situation is under control,” he said.
This is despite the fact that Indore continues to be a city with one of the highest number of Covid-19 cases in India.
Speaking about the previous government, he said, “The previous government did not create any system or facilities to fight the disease. There was only one testing lab that conducted seven tests. That government was busy with IIFA. It took us time to set up a system.”
“Kamal Nath was busy saving his government. A CM is a CM. he should perform his duties till the time he holds the post. How can you leave this responsibility? But we have finally started controlling the situation,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan claimed.
Meanwhile, contrary to his claims, Madhya Pradesh is one of the worst-hit states in India. As of 8am on Saturday, there were 2,719 Covid-19 cases in the state, of which 145 have died and 524 recovered.
Madhya Pradesh has the fourth highest number of Covid-19 cases in India and the third highest Covid-19 deaths.
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