Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday slammed Congress leader Kamal Nath over his remarks on state government's handling of coronavirus cases.
"The Congress is preparing to set fire. Kamal Nath, will have to answer. Are you celebrating death? I want to ask Sonia Gandhi if she agrees with Kamal Nath's fiery statement?" news agency ANI quoted Chouhan as saying.
Kamal Nath had accused the state government of under-reporting COVID-related deaths and claimed that over one lakh people had died from the infection in March and April across the state. "I have calculated myself, information of 26 districts were on newspaper and I gathered information from rest of the districts. In March and April, 1,27,000 bodies reached crematoriums. According to me, 80 per cent of them were of COVID victims," the former CM said.
An FIR has already been registered against the Congress leader for allegedly creating panic over the coronavirus pandemic through his remarks, a police official said. The case against him was registered based on a complaint lodged by Bhopal BJP district president Sumeet Pachouri and two BJP MLAs- Vishwas Sarang and Rameshwar Sharma-, among others, he said.
In the complaint, the BJP leaders alleged that Nath had said in his press conference at Ujjain on Saturday that, “Corona, which has spread in the world, is being known as the Indian variant of the virus.”Kamal Nath's statement at this moment of crisis is creating confusion and defaming the country internationally, the complaint said, as reported by news agency PTI.