As Coronavirus cases spike across the country, attacking India's unprepared health infrastructure, the Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand's Haridwar has received ire from across the world for violating all COVID-19 protocols.
While states are announcing strict restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, cases are spiralling in Haridwar as lakhs take a dip in the holy water completely disregarding safety protocols. The Maha Kumbh Mela is witnessing a footfall of lakhs of pilgrims every day amid the second wave of coronavirus in the country.
Defending the crowd and the massive religious congregation, UP BJP leader Sunil Bharala, in an interview with NDTV, said, "Kumbh ki aastha coronavirus see bhaut badi hai (faith of Kumbh is above Coronavirus)."
The BJP leader said that he had attended the Kumbh Mela and tested positive for COVID on April 13.
The leader brazenly said that faith and religious beliefs are above all COVID norms and guidelines.
When asked about the massive crowds gathered for the religious congregation, the BJP leader said that the massive celebration is to ward off COVID and that "Ganga ma" will fight the virus. He also said that the Maha Kumbh cannot be compared to the Markaz as all protocols are being followed in Haridwar.
Any virus loves crowds, but it adores crowds that violate all safety protocols.
The grand celebration in the name of "faith" in Haridwar has worsened the ongoing health crisis in the country. The careless message sent by the state government of Uttarakhand which refuses to curtail the event has added to the collective irresponsibility of the public amid a pandemic.