“We’re in energy, we’re the federal government in India so in fact duty is firstly ours, good or dangerous, no matter it’s. It’s our duty and we’re making an attempt our very stage finest,” Taneja advised CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.
Nonetheless, 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 have been kind of of the identical view,” he stated.
“Evidently one thing went incorrect, evidently we have been hit by a tsunami, and as you already know, you are usually not conscious. Usually 80-90% causes may very well be exterior. We do not know. We do not need to blame anyone. We all know we’re in energy, we’re accountable.. our focus is now on how we are able to save lives.”
Mass rallies regardless of warnings
When pressed by Amanpour as to why his social gathering continued to carry such occasions as instances rose, Taneja pushed again and stated the “autonomous” Election Fee of India was liable for permitting elections occasions to proceed to happen over a one and a half month interval.
Taneja stated that BJP had “no possibility” on whether or not to carry rallies due to the Election Fee’s determination on when polls have been held, saying “we as a political social gathering — for that matter, all political events in India — had no possibility however to associate 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 varied 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 stated, including that the federal government couldn’t give them a directive as a result of they’re autonomous.
Taneja did, nonetheless, concede that the rallies gave the general public “a sort of message that Covid was over, the specter of Covid was over, that was a bit unlucky, however as I stated, 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 advised CNN that such language was “overenthusiastic” however that it was drafted by a really small a part of the political social gathering.
The devastating Covid scenario has additionally led India to simply accept worldwide help for the primary time in “14 or 15 years,” in response to Taneja. “These are extraordinary occasions, and we’re grateful and grateful to the individuals,” he stated.
“Our focus is how can we principally now defeat Covid and overcome this. I can share with you that we’ll overcome it and shall overcome it very quickly,” he added.