Amid the growing Covid-19 cases in the country, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has triggered outrage and mockery on social media by his comments where he claimed that wearing a mask in public is no longer necessary “in the context of Assam as currently there is no Covid case in the state”.
During an interview with an online Hindi news portal, Himanta Biswa made this claim which he followed up with a tweet on Sunday, defending what he had said.
“Those who are making fun of my statement on mask, must come to Assam and see how we have contained Covid-19 in comparison to the states like Delhi, Kerala and Maharashtra along with impressive recovery of our economy. We will celebrate Bihu (Assamese new year starting on April 14) also with same enthusiasm,” tweeted Sarma, who has been campaigning for BJP across the state and routinely mingling with supporters without the safety of a mask.
Those who are making fun on my statement on mask, must come to Assam and see how we have contained COVID-19 in compare to the states like Delhi, Kerala, and Maharashtra along with impressive recovery of our economy.We will celebrate Bihu also with the same enthusiasm this year
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) April 4, 2021
Asked on Saturday whether his stand on Covid protocol in the capacity of health minister wasn’t contradictory to the Centre’s directives, Sarma had said, “Why wear masks unnecessarily and create panic. When the situation demands, I will inform the people to wear masks. I have to revive the economy…how can beauty parlours function if customers wear masks? They have to survive.”
Meanwhile, Assam on Sunday reported 69 new Covid cases.
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“मास्क पहनेगा तो पार्लर कैसे चलेगा… ब्यूटी पार्लर भी तो चलना चाहिए…”
हेमंत बिस्वा शर्मा, असम के स्वास्थ्य मंत्री
(मैं तो फ़िदा हो गया इनके बयान पर। व्यंग्य करना छोड़ देने का मन कर रहा है क्योंकि इनके सामने हमारे व्यंग्य की कोई बिसात नहीं 😢) pic.twitter.com/IofCX5ZS63
— Umashankar Singh उमाशंकर सिंह (@umashankarsingh) April 4, 2021