Delhi CM Does Not Speak For India, Says Jaishankar On Kejriwal’s Irresponsible Comment
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday reprimanded Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over his claims of “new Singapore COVID-19 variant” alarm and said “Delhi CM does not speak for India”.
“However, irresponsible comments from those who should know better can damage long-standing partnerships. So, let me clarify – Delhi CM does not speak for India,” tweeted Jaishankar.
Earlier on Tuesday, Kejriwal had cautioned Centre about a “new Singapore COVID-19 variant” that can hurt children the most.
In a tweet Kejriwal had said, “The new COVID variant in Singapore is being said to be extremely dangerous for children, in India it may come as a third wave. My appeal to the central government: 1. Air services with Singapore to be cancelled with immediate effect, 2. Priority on vaccine options should be worked out for children too.”
Talking on the importance of India-Singapore partnership in fight against COVID-19 pandemic, Jaishankar tweeted, “Singapore and India have been solid partners in the fight against Covid-19. Appreciate Singapore’s role as a logistics hub and oxygen supplier. Their gesture of deploying military aircraft to help us speaks of our exceptional relationship.”
Singapore government had also strongly objected to Kejriwal’s tweet. “Singapore Government called in our High Commissioner today to convey strong objection to Delhi CM’s tweet on “Singapore variant”. High Commissioner clarified that Delhi CM had no competence to pronounce on Covid variants or civil aviation policy,” tweeted Arindam Bagchi, official spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs.
Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday said there is no truth in the references in reports in a section of Indian media about the presence of a new variant of coronavirus in the country, adding that there is no “Singapore variant”.