Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra had actually made the remark on Wednesday. (File)
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra, who on Wednesday stired controversy with his “I do not use a mask” remark, today stated he regretted making the remark.
” My statement on not using a mask appears to be an infraction of law. It wasn’t in line with sentiment of the Prime Minister. I accept my error and express regret. I’ll wear a mask. I also appeal to everybody to use mask and observe social distancing,” the Madhya Pradesh Minister wrote in a tweet in Hindi this morning.
On Wednesday, the 60- year-old BJP leader informed press reporters: “I do not wear a mask in any programme. Isme kya hota hai?” (so what ).” He was replying to a question on why he was not wearing a face cover at an occasion in Indore.
It’s compulsory to wear a face cover in public places, according to the government’s guidelines on coronavirus.
MP house minister @drnarottammisra says I do not use a #Mask later on clarified saying since of some breathing problem he can not continue to use
a face mask for a long time @ndtvindia @ndtv @INCMP @INCIndia #COVID19 #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/m9D0w7v0pn
— Anurag Dwary (@Anurag_Dwary) September 23, 2020
Amidst surge in coronavirus cases in India, the nation with the second-highest number of cases in the world, PM Modi has actually been making repeated appeals to people to follow social distancing rules and use masks. The country’s tally crossed 57 lakh cases today; over 90,000 patients have actually died up until now.
The Congress latched on to the Madhya Pradesh House Minister’s remark on Wednesday and released an attack on social media.
” The state’s House Minister has provided an open challenge to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Is there anybody who has the nerve to do something about it versus him (Mr Mishra). Are guidelines only for common people?” Madhya Pradesh Congress representative Narendra Saluja tweeted in Hindi the other day.
Madhya Pradesh has actually logged over 1.13 lakh cases so far and 2,077 deaths connected to Covid. Indore, among the state’s worst-affected districts, has actually logged over 20,000 cases.
Indore Municipal Corporation enforces a fine of Rs 200 on those not using a mask.
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