BJP leader Kirit Somaiya speaks to Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now

In the interview Somaiya criticised BMC Commissioner, IS Chahal, for claiming credit for reducing numbers of coronavirus cases in Mumbai city.

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Aug 1, 2020 7:09 AM
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Firebrand BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has blasted BMC Commissioner, IS Chahal, for claiming credit for reducing numbers of coronavirus cases in Mumbai city and said that BMC’s own Sero Survey has revealed that 57% slum people have developed immunity which is why the cases are coming down .   

While speaking to Kailashnath Adhikari, MD,Governance Now during the third Visionary Talk series organized by the public policy platform today, Somaiya blasted the municipal commissioner, IS Chahal  and the state government for claiming credit in bringing down the of  virus cases in the slum sprawl of Dharavi  which has come to be known as the ‘Dharavi Model’ and acknowledged by WHO.

Somaiya asked if the death of 10,000 people  has given automatic power to the BMC commissioner and the state government. “Does the MC have no shame when he takes credit for reducing no. of deaths and himself issues a statement that 57% slum people have developed immunity. Does he or the Maharashtra government have any idea how people have suffered running around hospital, paying inflated bills, spending their entire life savings for treatment of virus, loss of family members and  their  breadwinners?’’

Coming down on BMC claims the BJP leader said “ When the body develops immunity, cases have to come down and after all it has to stop somewhere. So where is the need for a commissioner?”

Somaiya also said that the BMC is suppressing figures so that real figures do not come out. “BMC’s own sero survey says that 57% people developed immunity which means they did have corona and have survived” he said .

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