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Congress attacks PM Modi, Centre over arrests made for putting up posters critical of the govt

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Congress on Sunday launched a no holds barred attack on the Narendra Modi government at the Centre after reports of several people being arrested by Delhi Police just for putting up posters criticising the government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Notably, the posters written in white font on a black background read, “Modi ji, why did you send vaccines meant for our children abroad?” The poster had resulted in the arrest of 17 people in the past few days.

Around 21 cases have been registered in the matter under the Defacement of Public Property Act and section 188 of the Indian Penal Code that deals with disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant.

What Congress leaders said

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi spearheaded the attack against the Centre for the arrests. He also tweeted the poster and dared the Centre to arrest him. “Arrest me too,” Gandhi wrote in Hindi and English.

Another prominent Congress leader P Chidambaram in a sarcastic dig at PM Modi said, “Celebrate, India is a free country. There is freedom of speech except when you ask a question of the Honourable Prime Minister. That is why the Delhi Police arrested 24 persons for allegedly pasting a poster in Delhi.”

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He also said,  “The poster asked a simple question of the PM: why did you export the vaccines meant for our children? Even before the PM could answer, the loyal Delhi Police answered with ARREST. Celebrate, India is a free country!”

Congress leader and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi questioned the legality of the arrests. He said, “Am shocked &stunned. May vehemently disagree but under what authority, what law, what power can U arrest those who put up posters eg auto driver, printer, daily wager etc. This, like UP arrest of person who complained on losing his father, smacks of a lawless state gone amuck!”

Centre facing criticism for vaccine shortage

The Union government is facing severe criticism for the shortage of vaccines, with many states having to completely stop vaccinating people in the 18-44 age group and diverting the vaccines to ensure people above 45 years get their second dose of the jab.

Notably, several states had complained to the Centre about the shortage of vaccines. At the current pace, it will take years to vaccinate the majority of the population of India.

 

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