Congress leader and party’s national spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi has criticised Kerala government’s move to ease restrictions in the state for three days due to Bakrid and called it deplorable act of the state government. “Deplorable act by Kerala government to provide 3 days relaxations for Bakra Eid celebrations especially because it is one of the hot beds for COVID-19 at present. If ‘Kanwad Yatra’ is wrong, so is ‘Bakra Eid’ public celebrations,” the Congress leader said. The Kerala government had relaxed Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on 18, 19, and 20th July in view of Eid-ul-Azha (Bakrid) celebrations.
Kerala government had relaxed Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on Bakra Eid
The relaxed restrictions include shops selling clothes, shoes, electronic items, fancy and jewellery will now be allowed to open till 8pm. In places of worship, upto 40 people who have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be allowed to enter. However, the state had witnessed a spike in Covid-19 cases as it recorded 16,150 new cases yesterday. Active cases in Kerala are also continuing to rise as the state have recorded over 1.25 lakh active cases after 35 days.
Covid appropriate rules should apply to all communities equally
The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Kerala government’s response on plea against its decision of easing restrictions ahead of Eid-ul-Azha (Bakrid) when the state is witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases and test positivity rate. Last week, the Supreme Court had asked the Uttar Pradesh government to disallow even a symbolic Kanwad Yatra scheduled to begin from 25 in the state. The apex court said that such movement of devotees cannot be allowed at a time when third wave of Covid-19 is looming over.
Netizens said Covid appropriate rules should apply to all communities equally, while some argued that Kerala is treating all religious gatherings in the state uniformly.
Kerala is still a Covid-19 hotbed
One user tweeted, “Terrible precedent set by making special relaxations for Bakrid celebrations. Pinarayi could not have been more irresponsible since Kerala is still a Covid-19 hotbed. Glad the Kanwad Yatra has been cancelled and expect the court to intervene here too and save us from the third wave. One Abhishek wrote: “Almost incredible, Kerala No. 1 in daily new Covid cases. Test positive rate 10%. But Kerala decides to open all shops for 3 days. But nobody dares to ask a question to CPM government, because of secularism and liberal privilege. Compare how Kumbh and Kanwad Yatra were treated.
Court today also heard intervention application raising concerns relating to Covid-19 safety norms
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today closed the suo motu case registered over the earlier proposed conduct of the Kanwad Yatra in Uttar Pradesh amid the Covid-19 pandemic, in view of the decision to cancel the Yatra on Saturday. The Court today also heard intervention application raising concerns relating to Covid-19 safety norms in the wake of relaxations given for other religious festivities. Senior advocate Vikas Singh appeared for PKD Nambiar, a Delhi resident who had registered protest over the Kerala government’s decision to relax Covid-19 restrictions for a three-day period between 18-21 on account of Bakrid.