Sanjay Raut blames 'Namaste Trump' event for COVID-19 spread

Sanjay Raut blames 'Namaste Trump' event for COVID-19 spread

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Pune, May 31 : Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday alleged that the event held in Ahmedabad to welcome the US President Donald Trump in February was responsible for the spread of coronavirus in Gujarat and later in Mumbai and Delhi, which some of his delegates had visited. Mr Raut also hit out at the Centre saying that the lockdown was implemented without any planning but now the responsibility of lifting the curbs was left to the states.

The Sena MP said that despite the opposition BJP's attempts to pull down the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, there was no threat to it as its survival is the ''majboori'' (compulsion) of all the three ruling allies- Sena, NCP and Congress. "It can't be denied that the spread of coronavirus in Gujarat was because of the massive public gathering held to welcome US President Donald Trump. Some of the delegates, who accompanied Trump, also visited Mumbai, Delhi, which led to the spread of the virus," he said in his weekly column in Shiv Sena mouthpiece ''Saamana''. On February 24, Trump along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken part in a roadshow in Ahmedabad, which was attended by thousands of people. After the road- show, the two leaders had addressed a gathering of over one lakh people at Motera cricket stadium, run by Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA).

Gujarat had reported its first coronavirus cases on March 20, when samples of a man from Rajkot and a woman from Surat tested positive for the disease. (UNI)