Statements come on a day when state adds 1,062 cases, 12 new deaths to its COVID-19 count
Posted: Jul 08, 2020 07:58 PM (IST)
Updated : 1 day ago
Jagan Mohan Reddy without a facemask. Tribune photo
Naveen S GarewalTribune News ServiceHyderabad, July 8
Lokesh criticised the chief minister for not wearing the facemask that has been made mandatory in public places, and said Reddy should “practise what he preaches”.
“When the chief minister himself was moved around without a mask, how could he expect people in the state to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he asked.
Lokesh, the son of TDP supremo and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, pointed to a rise in coronavirus cases in the state, and said following SOPs now was more important than ever.
“I make a humble appeal to the CM not to set a wrong precedent by continuing to appear in public meetings without face mask”, he said in a message to the CM through the press.
Lokesh also accused Reddy’s YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) of indulging in a “fake SMS COVID testing” instead of creating awareness to rescue people.
He claimed Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy himself flouted central government’s guidelines, saying such acts sent the public the wrong message.
“It is well known that on many occasions, the YCP leaders acted as ‘Super Spreaders’ of the deadly virus with their irresponsible rallies and meetings”, he said saying the if there was one rule for the CM and another one for the common man.
The latest comments of Lokesh assume significance in the light of allegations of Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s casual attitude towards the pandemic despite the rising number of cases in his own state.
“He has got dozens of advisors drawing astronomical salaries from people’s treasury but none of them is ever seen being consulted by the CM on any issue. Even the coronavirus dangerous time is being like a normal disease that comes and goes. It was evident from Jagan Reddy’s paracetamol and bleaching powder comments,” Lokesh said.
Andhra added 1,062 new COVID- 19 cases to its tally on Wednesday, taking total infections in the state to 22,259. The state’s death toll rose to 264 with 12 new fatalities.
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