Coronavirus too has right to live like us: Former Uttarakhand CM


New Delhi, May 14 (IANS): At a time when the whole world is seeking solution to get rid of the Covid pandemic, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said the virus is a "living organism and it deserves to live".

Rawat's unusual video statement went viral on social media in which he said that the pandemic is a living organism like human being so that it also has the right to live.

His remarks triggered stinging barbs from Opposition leaders who had described his statement as not just "insensitive", but also "foolish".

"If we talk from a philosophical angle, coronavirus is also a living organism like us. We (human being) consider ourselves most intelligent, but that organism also wants to live. And it also deserves to live," Rawat said.

Rawat continued in the widely-circulated video clip, saying, "We are out to eliminate the virus. So, it is constantly mutating to keep itself alive".

"Hence, we now have to keep our distance from it. It is also moving, and we are also moving, but we have to move faster than it so that it gets left behind."

The Congress moved fast to take potshots at Rawat after he got trolled on social media for his observation on Covid.

The BJP leader's remarks came at a time when India is passing through a worst phase of the second phase of Covid-19 with India registering 3,43,144 fresh cases and 4,000 deaths in the past 24 hours.

"What Rawat, who was the state's CM, has said, is nothing but foolish and nonsense. He has lost his mind and has no vision because of which he was replaced abruptly by his party," Uttarakhand Congress vice president Suryakant Dhasmana said.

"The virus is a living organism, so was Ravana, Kansa and Mahishasura. But they all were killed by different gods because they were destroying the world just like this virus which has killed lakhs... Rawat is just uttering sheer nonsense."

AAP's Uttarakhand spokesperson Amarjeet Singh Rana said that Rawat's remark was a reflection of his wisdom.

"This shows his and the BJP leaders' wisdom. They are making Uttarakhand a laughing stock," Rana said.

Rawat hasn't issued a clarification on his comments yet.

The BJP's counter to the Opposition's barbs was a counter-attack, accusing the Congress and the AAP of indulging in a blame game rather than working for humanity in the pandemic.

This is not the first time that the former Chief Minister, who was abruptly replaced by T.S. Rawat in March this year, has been ridiculed for his comments.

He stunned people in 2019 when he claimed that the cow is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen. In March this year, the BJP abruptly dropped him.

 

  

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  • juliana, udupi

    Fri, May 14 2021

    If this virus is given right to live, it will flourish and human race will diminish.

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  • Hubert, Mumbai

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Abe dhakkan , chindi chor take this virus & store it in your locker. How on earth you became CM of this state. This happens only in India

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  • Hubert, Mumbai

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Abe dhakkan , chindi chor take this virus & store it in your locker. How on earth you became CM of this state. This happens only in India

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Put him in a Zoo ...

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  • Alwin, Mangaluru

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Case may be referred to mrs Maneka Gandhi for expert opinion. Maneka Gandhi opinion may be obtained for death of people durto shortage of oxygen . human are also animal category

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  • vikram Rao, Udupi

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Why is he speaking like RG

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  • Rishi, Thane/Mumbai

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Under CAA, you can grant Corona Indian citizenship. Regarding religion u can label corona in any category except muslims. As CAA is for all religions except muslim

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/ Mumbai

    Fri, May 14 2021

    It's not the mistake of Trivendra Singh Rawat, it's limitation of his understanding. People who chose him to give ticket and have elected him to lead over them are to be blamed. Everyone has the right to survive then why are we having huge defence budget? Why Deer running away from predator Lion / Tiger or predators attacking it's prey? These super intellectuals are all messing up. There are so many good bacterias surviving in the universe. Humans have dominion over every other creatures of the universe but their wisdom prevails to deal with other creatures! Survival of the fittest rules the universe but predators survive because of its prey!

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  • Concerned citizen, Mangalore

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Only Cowdung and Cow mutra users can deliver such rubbish statements.

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  • anthony, mangalore

    Fri, May 14 2021

    the BJP Circus Unlimited Talent.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, May 14 2021

    I heard from many recovered patients from Corona ,how hard to find back in life,forgetting,less immunity and other problems.May be this person also had some attack of it and destroyed his brain cells ,or are on work so he can t get oriented what to talk and not do.Now and then some people come and want to be a central point like Kalladka Bhat .so let him talk .Dont take any notice of him .We all know what this is and have to take care of us self and our dear ones .Let this virus dont take overhand on us.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, May 14 2021

    send living corona virus into trivendra singh rawat's body. let it live within him.

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  • M.I.A, UDUPI

    Fri, May 14 2021

    One of the reason covid cases increasing in India becuase of this type of leaders to whom we voted.

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  • Ramesh, Udupi

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Next PM of India. He has all the qualities to fool bakats

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  • Jazz, Mangalore

    Fri, May 14 2021

    no vaccine available for foolishness, uneducated lot, the entire party

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  • SAN, Mangaluru

    Fri, May 14 2021

    This guy just bowled out Yuvaraj😂

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Is he ready to take vaccine filled with covid virus to fulfil his wish and concern for virus???????............Let him understand in his tiny brain that people are also organisms who too deserve to live and paying tax for your retirement pension. His master said to burn him alive if demonitisation fails which resulted in dismal GDP and job numbers yet he is announcing double engine growth out of his hat. People have developed now long term memories and remember all promises and statements.

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  • SAN, Mangaluru

    Fri, May 14 2021

    your every comment of yours has demonitization in it😂.got too much affected i believe😅

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  • Fredrick Sequeira, Kallianpur

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Then ,by your logic,stop eating vegetables, fruits, for the plants that produce them too have lives.

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  • Ajja, Mangalore

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Every creation has right to live, but no right to KILL. Wish you and "others" understood this. But you will not as you don't know what is the "right" as you are "wrong"

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  • Alwin, Mangaluru

    Fri, May 14 2021

    New king

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  • Naresh, Kerala

    Fri, May 14 2021

    In such a case, will you please try to take the Gobar and Gomutra stocked for killing Covid virus by your neighbouring state UP :) :)

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Member of a foolish gang, Bekar Jokers Party. Give him cowdung cake to shut his mouth

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Fri, May 14 2021

    When are you hosting a party for the Corona Virus in your body?

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  • rolf, Dubai

    Fri, May 14 2021

    He was addressing his followers known as Gobar Bakth.

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Fri, May 14 2021

    We wish you the best. Please become the host and allow Corona Virus in your body to live happily. Good luck! BJP se mera sawal hai ki kahan dhund ke laate ho aise namunon ko?

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  • Omar, Mysore

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Nagpur Chaddi Gang

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  • Sheikh M, Mangalore

    Fri, May 14 2021

    His philosophy may change, once the corona board on his lungs

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Virus tries to live at the cost of others. May be he wanted to convey different message! Many people do not understand virus otherwise.

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Only fools can understand his Mann ki bath and they are clapping still

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Fri, May 14 2021

    @Dinesh Dubai- make a habit of reading complete news instead of just headlines.! He has clearly mentioned that we need to keep distance from virus and virus infected people. Obviously, whatever he has said from science perspective. Virus usually fight for its survival as well

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  • Paul, Mangalore

    Fri, May 14 2021

    sri_elder, Karkala I feel pity for you . You are just Elder but brains filled with Gobhar . Sad . God Bless you & enlighten your mind .

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  • Alfria, Manglore/Mumbai

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Sri_elder: with so much of knowledge and wisdom don't you think that he should be the PM of India.

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  • Ponkra, Mangalore

    Fri, May 14 2021

    Oh my God!! What these Sanghis eat and what they study in Shakas?? Almost everyone have degree from Nagpur UNiversity and some have Masters from Whatsapp Universities but still they don't have sense. How can you even say that they lack wisdom, they don't have an iota of it. How can they have wisdom when they don't have sense? What would be the reaction of our beloved JAnatha, who said there are some PIRKIs in other parties. I think this party is filled with only PIRKIS.

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  • SAN, Mangaluru

    Fri, May 14 2021

    He beat pappu...no doubt😅

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  • Omar, Mysore

    Fri, May 14 2021

    So true , we should ring bells , light diyaas and consume gau mutra and cake to improve immunisation and build a temple in the name of CORONA DEVI & CORONA DEVA

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