With cases mounting in Delhi, Kejriwal says everyone has to work together as corona fight is too big for any single govt to handle ‘NO NO CREDIT, NO POLITICS, WE WANTTO SAVE LIVES’
CHIEF Minister Arvind Kejriwal said everyone contributed in tackling the sharp spike in coronavirus cases in the Capital, and that his government’s only goal is to save lives.
“I will give my heart and soul to save lives, need no credit. I don’t want to politicise the issue,” the AAP chief told India Today TV in an exclusive interview on Monday.
The Delhi CM said Covid-19 is still a mysterious disease and it can only be defeated if everyone works together. He said Delhi has been doing exactly that and figuring out ways to save as many lives as possible.
“The fight against the coronavirus is too big for a single government to handle, everyone has to work together,” CM Kejriwal said.
“We will make more arrangements. If there is a big spike in days to come and our arrangements fail, then we will do more,” he added.
The CM said that the situation in Delhi is rapidly improving and
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thanked everyone including the central government for help in ramping up health infrastructure.
On why cases increased so sharply in Delhi in June, Kejriwal said at least 35,000 people had come to India from outside between February 15 and June 20. When the lockdown was relaxed, people started going out, which resulted in the rapid spread of infections.
‘SITUATION BETTER THAN PREDICTED’
More than 5.5 lakh cases were predicted in Delhi by July 31. However, even with the highest number of cases in India, Kejriwal said it may not be so high and if status quo is maintained, Delhi could even see a downward trend soon.
He further assuaged fears by saying that the 5.5 lakh figure was estimated on the basis of a formula shared by the central government. However, now with adequate treatment facilities in place, Delhi may not witness such a sharp rise.
“The 5.5 lakh case figure was based on central government formula. It was my responsibility to inform the people. Now I am happy to say that our efforts have paid off. Today, on June 30, I can confirm that there are 27,000 active cases and the situation is much better than predias groups, plasma donors and the central government — has managed to rapidly set up required infrastructure to treat and cure more people.
“Now, people are not scared like before. Many people are getting treated at home and the burden on hospitals is reducing. There are enough beds in Delhi hospitals for serious patients,” he said.
Highlighting one positive in Delhi’s fight against the coronavirus, Kejriwal said the fear among people has reduced as a majority of the infections are mild in nature and people are recovering at home.
While he said that the number of cases in Delhi is reducing gradually, the government is not sitting idle but preparing for second and third waves to prevent deaths.
“Can’t sit idle, we have to keep working. The alliance is the biggest strength,” he said.
The CM went on to explain that the government is working hard to save lives and that he will even “touch anyone’s feet if it helps save someone’s life”.
“I will have no regrets,” he added.
Commenting on the Delhi government’s plasma donor bank initiative, he said the mechanism has been helpful in treating mild patients. He urged people who have recovered from the coronavirus to come forward and donate to save lives.
“People who have recovered, request them to save lives. Urge you to donate plasma, may save someone's life,” he said.
On Monday, the AAP government announced setting up India’s first plasma donation bank at ILBS Hospital in Delhi.
“The plasma bank will start operation in the next two days. I appeal to Covid-19 recovered patients to donate their plasma,” Kejriwal said.
When asked about the recent criticism of the Delhi government and the shifting blame game over rising cases, Kejriwal said he does not need any credit if the situation improves, but will take responsibility for anything that goes wrong.
“People voted AAP government in Delhi. If something bad happens, that’s my responsibility. Anything goes wrong, that’s my responsibility,” he said.
“We don’t want politics, we want to save lives. Everyone’s life is important,” he said.
Kejriwal reiterated several times that he does not want to politicise the matter.
His comments came when asked about criticism of his government in dealing with a sharp rise in cases and how the central government had to step in to help bring the situation under control.
Kejriwal believes that “moving forward with unity” is the only way to defeat the coronavirus.
When asked which state government has been most successful in fighting the deadly virus, Kejriwal said he does not want to make such a comparison.
“All CMs are working well, there should be no comparison. They are all working hard. There can be no comparison in this regard,” he said.
MESSAGE FOR DELHIITES
Kejriwal said there is no easy solution to fight the virus and people should maintain all precautions to not fall sick in the first place.
He, however, said that there is no need to be afraid as adequate measures have been taken to help citizens.
“Corona is a new virus. There could be more peaks. No one knows about the future. There is only one solution. To fight it without politicising the issue,” he said.
On Unlock 2.0 plans, Kejriwal said a decision will be taken in line with the central government order, which is expected in a day or two.
ON INDIA-CHINA STANDOFF
Kejriwal said the souls of 20 soldiers will not rest in peace till India reclaims the territory China has illegally occupied on the Indian side of LAC in Ladakh.
The AAP chief said, “The entire country is angry and is backing the Indian Army. The entire country is supporting the central government. If we cannot reclaim the territory, the souls of the 20 jawans who were martyred (during the Galwan Valley clash) will not rest in peace.”
“We need to reclaim the territory by any means.”
The CM went on to say that China had betrayed in 1962 when India extended hand of friendship. He added that the situation has been the same over the last few years.
“I feel that our strategy should now change. Even if we are extending a hand of friendship, we should remain alert. They could betray yet again,” Kejriwal said.
While the central government has denied reports of any Chinese occupation in China, satellite images show the presence of Chinese soldiers in Indian territory.
When asked why he was not called to the all-party meeting to discuss the China situation, Kejriwal said it was the Centre’s wish.
BOYCOTTING CHINESE GOODS
Kejriwal said while India is dealing firmly with China regarding the border situation, more steps could be taken to reduce dependence on Chinese goods. He, however, added that businesses in the country have to be supported.
“Today, even a simple Ganesh idol comes from China. Diwali crackers come from China. Why?” he asked.
“India’s traders and businessmen are capable of doing that, but they need some form of support,” he added.
He said the government should make a list of key Chinese imports to India and ask the country’s businessmen and manufacturers to make these products in India. “They should back the traders,” Kejriwal added.
“We should look at this as an opportunity to reduce dependence on China and create job opportunities for lakhs and crores of Indians,” he said.
When asked about his views regarding Congress’s criticism of the Indo-China situation, Kejriwal denied commenting but said that anyone should have the right to ask questions in a democracy.
At the same time, he said people should be united in supporting the national government during such a situation.
Delhi police stand guard at a containment zone in New Delhi on Monday.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal