Written bySiddhant Pandey
Adityanath said that hiding an illness like COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is a crime.
Adityanath was speaking at a digital event where CMs of three other Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states blamed the Islamic sect.
Here are more details.
Speaking at E-Agenda AajTak, Adityanath condemned the Tablighi Jamaat.
He said UP received over 3,000 people linked to the Tablighi Jamaat's religious conference, held in mid-March in Delhi.
Adityanath went on to say, "What Tablighi Jamaat did was condemnable. Had they not behaved in that manner, the country would have managed the coronavirus situation during the first phase of lockdown."
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also blamed members of the Tablighi Jamaat saying that they "hid their travel links."
Rupani held the Islamic sect responsible for the increased number of cases in Ahmedabad, which has reported 70% of all cases in Gujarat.
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat also blamed the Tablighi Jamaat.
All four states are ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP. Incidentally, Modi had said that the outbreak should not be linked to any religious group.
The central government had also issued an advisory saying, "Do not label any community or area for spread of COVID-19."
At the E-Agenda event, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it is "unfair" to blame the Tablighi Jamaat.
Kejriwal argued, "Coronavirus has spread all over the world. If I say that had people not come to India from outside, coronavirus outbreak would not have happened here. It is unfair to pin the blame on one individual or group."
Till Saturday night, Delhi reported 4,122 cases (61 deaths), Madhya Pradesh reported 2,788 cases (151 deaths), Uttar Pradesh reported 2,487 cases (43 deaths), and Uttarakhand reported 59 cases.
In Uttarakhand, a COVID-19 patient died, however, the death has been attributed to ventricular tachycardia, secondary to ACS (acute coronary syndrome).
India has reported nearly 40,000 infections and over 1,300 deaths.
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