The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has objected to the decision of the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government to relax Covid restriction during the Eid al-Adha festival. It said it was inappropriate to make such a decision at a time of medical emergency. It sought the immediate withdrawal of government orders.
It reminded many states like Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal that have stopped organizing popular pilgrimages every year. It said it was unfortunate that the Kerala government had decided to allow the Bakreed festival, which attracts large crowds at such a time.
The IMA has made it clear that it will knock on the doors of the Supreme court if the Kerala government won’t reverse its decision. Meanwhile, the BJP and the Congress have also blamed the Kerala government for easing sanctions on Bakrid.
Union Minister and BJP leader V Muralitharan has criticized the Pinarayi Vijayan government for not following a scientific approach in imposing a lockdown on Covid. Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said the easing of restrictions was inappropriate and a matter of concern.