New Delhi: Bollywood veteran actor Anupam Kher–who is otherwise seen as an ardent supporter of BJP-led Central government– came down heavily on the Centre on Wednesday and held the government responsible for the worsening COVID situation in the country. Speaking to NDTV, Kher said he believed that the Central government “had slipped” in the Covid crisis and it was important to hold it responsible.Also Read - Breaking News LIVE: 4 Dead, 2 Injured as Wall Collapses After Cylinder Explosion in Andhra Pradesh
“Somewhere they have slipped … it is time for them to understand that there is much more to life than just image-building maybe,” Anupam Kher told NDTV. Also Read - Delhi Witnesses Marginal Dip in Covid Numbers, Registers 403 Fresh Cases; Positivity Rate Stands At 1.76%
He said criticism is valid in lots of cases and it is important for the government to rise to the occasion and do things that they are chosen by the people of this country for. “I think only an inhuman person will not get affected by bodies floating. But for another political party to use it for their gain is also not right,” the veteran actor said. Also Read - Coronavirus Not Gone Yet, Maharashtra CM Urges All Not to Lower Guard. Here's What He Said
However, he made it clear that it is important to hold the government responsible for what has happened.
At a time when states were seen desperate for oxygen, hospitals and medicines, Kher was among celebrities who launched relief efforts. His “Heal India” initiative was established to help those who need ventilators and oxygen concentrators.
However, it is not just Anupam Kher, but a whole lot of Bollywood personalities, who have expressed shock, demanded accountability over bodies floating in rivers. Bollywood stars, including Farhan Akhtar and Parineeti Chopra, have expressed their anguish at scores of bodies found floating in the Ganga and other rivers and demanded accountability for the lapses that led to it.
Their responses came after reports of corpses washed up along river banks from several parts of the country, including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. In Bihar, for instance, the state government said 71 bodies were found in the Ganga, leading to suspicion that they might be those of COVID-19 patients.
Actor Urmila Matondkar referred to the act of dumping bodies in the Ganga as tragic and inhuman. Actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt shared a stinging comment on the current state of affairs as she regrammed a news report on the issue.
At this critical time, India recorded a rise in COVID-19 deaths with 4,205 fresh fatalities taking the country’s death toll to 2,54,197, while 3,48,421 new coronavirus infections were reported.