Indore: Madhya Pradesh state home minister and BJP leader Narottam Mishra caused a flutter saying he doesn’t wear a face mask in any programme. As Congress attacked him, the minister later tempered his remarks, saying he cannot continue to wear a face mask for a long time due to a medical condition. “I don’t wear a mask in any programmes. ”Isme kya Hota hai?” (so what),” the home minister told reporters when they asked him why he was not wearing a mask at a function in Indore.
Mr Mishra was in Indore to participate in a programme for distribution of assistance under the state government’s Sambal Yojana, which provides social security cover to the poor and the SC and ST communities. Mr Mishra’s cabinet colleagues Tulsiram Silawat and other BJP leaders, who also attended the event, were wearing masks. The Congress launched a pointed attack, asking are COVID-19 norms meant only for the common people. “Is there anyone who has the courage to take action against him (Mr Mishra). Are rules only for common people?” Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesman Narendra Saluja tweeted. Indore is among the worst-hit districts in Madhya Pradesh which has reported 20,834 COVID-19 cases and 516 fatalities so far.