Following the recently held Congress Working Committee meeting, the party leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, have intensified their attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for the alleged mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What Rahul Gandhi said
Gandhi on Thursday attacked the PM saying that the latter is missing along with vaccines, medicines and oxygen amid the COVID-19 pandemic and what remains is the Central Vista project and the prime minister’s photos.
Rahul Gandhi, in a tweet in Hindi, said, “The Prime Minister is also missing, along with vaccines, oxygen and medicines. All that remains are the central vista project, GST on medicines and the Prime Minister’s photos here and there.”
वैक्सीन, ऑक्सीजन और दवाओं के साथ PM भी ग़ायब हैं।
बचे हैं तो बस सेंट्रल विस्टा, दवाओं पर GST और यहाँ-वहाँ PM के फ़ोटो।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 13, 2021
Apart from Gandhi, Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also hit out at the government over dead bodies found floating in the Ganga. “What time has come in this New India that even dead bodies floating in rivers are not visible to the government. Shame…,” he said in a tweet in Hindi, while citing a news report about the bodies being buried in sand in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao.
Bodies floating in rivers
Several incidents have been reported in the past few days in which bodies of suspected COVID patients were seen floating in Ganga in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Many of these bloated and decomposed bodies washed up on the river banks in UP and Bihar creating panic among local residents.
Bihar has blamed UP for the floating bodies and urged Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to carry out a probe into the incident. Bihar has also installed a net in Ganga near the UP border to prevent bodies from floating in the state.
The second wave of COVID-19 has resulted in long queues outside hospitals and crematoriums. Local residents say that due to the absence of COVID-19 protocols in rural crematoriums, it is being suspected that the families of the deceased are forced to consign the bodies in the river. Notably, over 2.58 lakh people have succumbed to the viral infection since the pandemic began last year.
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