“We’re in energy, we’re the federal government in India so in fact duty is in the beginning ours, good or dangerous, no matter it’s. It’s our duty and we’re making an attempt our very stage finest,” Taneja informed CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.
Nevertheless, he additionally argued that the present disaster couldn’t have been foreseen. “Lots of people are saying that… we knew in February. At the moment, scientists and medical doctors had been kind of of the identical view,” he mentioned.
“Evidently one thing went fallacious, evidently we had been hit by a tsunami, and as you understand, you are usually not conscious. Normally 80-90% causes could possibly be exterior. We do not know. We do not wish to blame anyone. We all know we’re in energy, we’re accountable.. our focus is now on how we will save lives.”
Mass rallies regardless of warnings
When pressed by Amanpour as to why his get together continued to carry such occasions as instances rose, Taneja pushed again and mentioned the “autonomous” Election Fee of India was chargeable for permitting elections occasions to proceed to happen over a one and a half month interval.
Taneja mentioned that BJP had “no choice” on whether or not to carry rallies due to the Election Fee’s choice on when polls had been held, saying “we as a political get together — for that matter, all political events in India — had no choice however to go together with it.”
“These are regional elections which had been going for on the final one and a half months, it was not only one date, there was a number of dates and there have been numerous state assemblies… that was deliberate a very long time upfront by the Election Fee of India which is a constitutional authority reporting solely to parliament,” he mentioned, including that the federal government couldn’t give them a directive as a result of they’re autonomous.
Taneja did, nevertheless, concede that the rallies gave the general public “a form of message that Covid was over, the specter of Covid was over, that was a bit unlucky, however as I mentioned, that was not within the fingers of the federal government.”
In February, BJP handed a decision which declared victory over Covid and hailed PM Modi as a “visionary.” Tejera informed CNN that such language was “overenthusiastic” however that it was drafted by a really small a part of the political get together.
The devastating Covid scenario has additionally led India to simply accept worldwide help for the primary time in “14 or 15 years,” based on Taneja. “These are extraordinary instances, and we’re grateful and grateful to the folks,” he mentioned.
“Our focus is how can we principally now defeat Covid and overcome this. I can share with you that we are going to overcome it and shall overcome it very quickly,” he added.