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PATNA, INDIA - NOVEMBER 3: Voters in queue for casting votes at a polling booth during Bihar Assembly election at Danapur Diyara Manash Gaon on November 3, 2020 in Patna, India. Voting is taking place 94 of the 243 seats in the legislative assembly across 17 districts in the second phase of polling in the Bihar assembly election. Assembly elections in 71 constituencies were held in the first phase on October 28. Seventy-eight constituencies will go to polls in the third and final phase on November 7. Results will be declared on November 10. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

S. Jaishankar, the external affairs Minister, has given out a statement on the recent elections in various states.

Amidst a burning situation, which has clutched the entire nation into its choking grip, holding elections and on top of that political rallies and gatherings have received fierce criticism.

On being questioned upon the same, Jaishankar told the reporters that “When a pandemic hits hard there are arguments, questions. People have spoken of elections, we are a democratic country, you don’t stop elections in India.,”

Further, he went on to speak of the emergency era and claimed it to be the only time when elections were stopped. He said he was too young at the time, some decades ago, and also stated that no one wants to be associated with that kind of memory. He also referred to the criticism over elections in India to be “point scoring” and called for it to be stopped.
He called a blame game on a certain group of people or certain leaders or political parties and also said that the convict changes from person to person depending on their personal opinions. He said that this should stop as the blame game would serve no purpose.

During a deadly second surge hit India, many political leaders from different parties including Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed hugely attended rallies. Elections in India were conducted in 5 States.

The issue was also raised about criticism over exporting Vaccines when the cases were rising in our nation itself and now we are reliant on foreign aid for oxygen supply and other things.

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S. Jaishankar spoke about it and said that COVID was a shared problem and also that is the friendship which is being mistaken for aide. He said, just like India helped the US, Singapore, European Countries with medicines like hydroxychloroquine and Paracetamol, now other countries are helping us in time of need. He termed it to be friendly and said it was inaccurate to project India’s situation as accepting aid.

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