Panaji, June 19: All India Congress Committee general secretary Dinesh Gundu Rao, on Saturday, said that the Kumbh mela organised in Uttarakhand amid the second COVID-19 wave, was the "biggest super spreader event in the world", even as he blamed Prime Minister Narendra modi for not doing enough to rein in the rapid spread of infections earlier this year.

Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Rao also said that despite being the largest manufacturer of vaccines in the world, India was worse off than its South Asian neighbours.  Congress Attacks BJP Government Over Increase in Swiss Bank Deposits by Indians

"The biggest super spreader event in the world was the Kumbha mela," Rao told reporters at the state Congress headquarters in Panaji.

"People throughout the country lost their lives and livelihood, they are suffering. Why? Because the central government did not bother to address the situation. It did not bother to purchase the vaccines. It did not bother to warn the people that the second wave of COVID-19 has already started, let us be careful," Rao said.

"Instead of that, he was doing election rallies, even though he knew that the second wave had come. Never in the history of Indian politics, has a PM behaved so irresponsibly... And he does not care. He does not bother," Rao also said.

"The PM was busy congratulating himself. Why is the situation not the same in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, our own neighbours," the AICC official asked.

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