New Delhi: After Union health minister Harsh Vardhan read out a detailed statement on steps taken by the government to contain and treat coronavirus in India, there was a small window inviting suggestions from other Rajya Sabha MPs. While Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad suggested that there should be a clear list of dos and don’ts, Trinamool MP Derek O Brien was stopped when he wanted to raise the topic of people killed in New Delhi without being infected by the coronavirus. “We will only listen to suggestions regarding coronavirus,” Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Pakistan Donated Entire Mask Inventory to China, Says Ministry
NCP MP Vandana Chavan raised the issue of misinformation being spread of coronavirus. “Some leaders are saying how gaumutra and cow dung cakes ca cure coronavirus. The government must end such campaigns,” the MP said. “Why? That’s up to people to believe. Don’t create any controversy in the Rajya Sabha,” Naidu said. Also Read - 'You Have Just Got a Cough,' Prince William Jokes About Coronavirus, Twitter Slams
Suman Haripriya, a BJP MLA of Assam, stirred controversy as she said that gaumutra and gobar (cow dung) can be used to cure coronavirus. “We all know that cow dung is very helpful. Likewise, when cow urine is sprayed, it purifies an area,” the MLA said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Visits IGI Airport in Delhi For Inspection of Preparedness | Highlights
Similarly, Chakrapani Maharaj, who heads one of the factions of the Hindu Mahasabha, said that his organisation will hold gaumutra parties. “Just like people organise tea parties, we have decided to organise a gaumutra party. At the party, we will be informing people about what coronavirus is and how the consumption of cow-related products can save people from the fatal disease,” he had said.