Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday launched a scathing assault on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic, alleging that Indians don’t come first for the PM, politics does and that reality doesn’t concern him, propaganda does.
As a part of her “Zimmedaar Kaun (who is responsible)” marketing campaign, during which she has been asking questions of the federal government over its dealing with of the pandemic, the Congress common secretary centered on the “crisis of leadership” and claimed that the entire world has witnessed the prime minister’s “incompetence at governance” throughout the pandemic.
“He (the prime minister) simply retreated and waited for the worst to pass. The Prime Minister of India has behaved like a coward. He has let our country down,” Ms Gandhi mentioned in her assertion posted on her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
The prime minister’s huge capability for vainness has been uncovered, she claimed.
“Indians do not come first for him. Politics does. Truth does not concern him, propaganda does,” Ms Gandhi alleged and asserted that the time has come for the individuals to ask the prime minister ”Zimmedaar Kaun”.
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) June 12, 2021
Good governance in a disaster is about confronting the reality, seizing accountability, and taking motion, she mentioned.
“Unfortunately, the Modi government did none of these. Instead, from the beginning of the pandemic, it made every attempt to hide the truth and to shirk responsibility,” the Congress common secretary alleged.
“As a consequence, when the second wave hit us with unprecedented force, the government lapsed into a state of inaction. This inaction enabled the virus to spread with far greater ferocity and cause untold suffering,” she mentioned.
Priyanka Gandhi additionally listed a collection of measures that the prime minister ought to have taken within the wake of Covid unfold.
“If only the Prime Minister had acted upon the countless warnings he had been given by experts from India and around the world and if only he had listened to the recommendations of his own ‘Empowered Group”, or even to the Parliamentary Committee on Health, we would not have faced the horrendous shortage of beds, oxygen and medicines that we did,” she claimed.
“Had he cared about those who looked towards him for leadership, he would not have reduced the number of dedicated Covid beds between the first and the second wave. He would have ordered the tankers required to transport oxygen and prepared for the diversion of industrial oxygen to hospitals,” she asserted.
She hit out on the prime minister, saying that he exported thousands and thousands of doses of life-saving medicine with out guaranteeing provisions for Indian lives first.
“Had the Prime Minister prioritized the people of India above his own PR and image building, we would not have the shortage of vaccines we have today,” Ms Gandhi mentioned.
“Had he woken up from his slumber and ordered vaccines in the summer of 2020 instead of waiting till January 2021, he could have saved countless lives,” she claimed.
Instead of distributing free vaccines the world over to spice up his personal picture, had he paused for a second and guarded his countrymen first, the individuals wouldn’t be standing in line in the present day grappling with a convoluted registration system designed to decelerate the vaccine course of, she mentioned.
“We could have vaccinated a very significant proportion of our population by now, considering we are one of the largest vaccine producers in the world,” she argued.
She additionally slammed PM Modi for not taking opponents alongside on this battle for Indian lives, saying he might have engaged with specialists, critics, allies and the opposition fearlessly.
“He could have used the media as a disseminator of life-saving information about Covid, rather than as a propaganda tool to promote his own image,” Ms Gandhi alleged.
In her assertion, she additionally accused the prime minister of placing politics earlier than human lives, saying he ought to have helped assist the states of their heroic battle towards COVID-19.
“As the leader of a nation deep in crisis, he would have sent his colleagues in the states resources, cleared their dues and strengthened their efforts instead of appearing on TV repeatedly to whine and complain about them in a pathetic attempt to abdicate his own responsibilities,” she mentioned, in a pointy assault on the PM.
Had the prime minister been an knowledgeable and competent chief he would have deliberate, strategized and ready for the inevitable second wave, the Congress common secretary mentioned, including that he wouldn’t have put aside the instruments of science and modernity and transported us again by thaali-banging and lamp lighting rituals into the darkness of bygone centuries.
“Indeed, had the Prime Minister been the man his admirers believed him to be, had he had the mettle of a statesman, or the compassion and bravery of a true leader, he would have come forward and comforted his countrymen when they most needed reassurance and succor,” she mentioned.
He did none of this, she added, slamming the prime minister’s management throughout the Covid disaster.
Quoting the strains written by the celebrated poet Nirala in his novel ‘Kulli Bhaat”, during which he describes the grim scenes that unfolded throughout the Spanish Flu epidemic 100 years in the past, she mentioned they’re eerily prescient, much more so now as a result of “we live in modern times, when such scenes of collective turmoil caused by an abdication of governance ought to be a thing of the past”.
The Congress has been vital of the Centre’s dealing with of the Covid state of affairs within the nation, however the authorities has dismissed the criticism of the Opposition get together, accusing it of politicising the pandemic.