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India needs solutions not your “hollow speeches”, Rahul Gandhi tells PM Modi

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Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Thursday once again targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that the country does not need his “hollow speeches” and “useless festivals”, but solutions to emerge out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gandhi, who has himself tested positive for the viral infection, has repeatedly criticised the Centre for its mismanagement of the pandemic that has resulted is queues getting longer outside hospitals and crematoriums.

Rahul Gandhi tweets

In a tweet in Hindi, the Congress leader said, “I am quarantined at home and I continue to see tragic stories being reported from across the country. India has not just been hit by the coronavirus crisis but has been battered by the anti-people policies of the government. The country doesn’t need hollow speeches and useless festivals…. India is in dire need of a solution.” He also referred to the four-day “Tika Utsav” by the government earlier this month to step up vaccine coverage.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a televised address to nation on Tuesday assured people about the availability of medical oxygen, hospital beds and vaccines. However, several states are struggling to manage the COVID crisis with their health system literally on the verge of collapse. Many states had complained about the shortage of vaccines, medical oxygen and hospital beds.

COVID-19 situation in India

The health ministry on Thursday informed that over 3.14 lakh fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 1.59 crore. It is the highest single-day surge in cases across the world since the pandemic began last year.

The ministry also informed that over 13.23 crore COVID-19 jabs have been administered so far. Of it, over 22.11 lakh people were vaccinated on Wednesday.

Also, 2,104 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,84,657. It is the highest number of deaths reported in a day since the pandemic began last year.

Of the over 1.59 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 22.91 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is 14.38 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, over 1.34 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

 

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