With the Union government trying to combat the severe criticism it is facing for the mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic with “positivity”, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and poll strategist Prashant Kishor have lashed out at the Centre for pushing “propaganda” in the name of spreading positivity.
What Rahul Gandhi said
Gandhi said that the Centre has betrayed citizens and positive thinking is a joke in the present circumstances.
He tweeted, “The false assurance of ‘positive thinking is a joke on those families and health workers who have lost their loved ones and are suffering a crisis of oxygen, hospitals and medicines. Burying one’s head in the sand is not positive—it is a betrayal of our citizens.”
Poll strategist Prashant Kishor, whose services helped Mamata Banerjee defeat the BJP in West Bengal, said it is “disgusting” to push “propaganda” in the name of spreading positivity.
He tweeted, “In the face of a grieving nation and tragedies unfolding all around us, the continued attempt to push FALSEHOOD and PROPAGANDA in the name of spreading POSITIVITY is disgusting! For being positive we don’t have to become blind propagandists of the government.”
In the face of a grieving nation and tragedies unfolding all around us, the continued attempt to push FALSEHOOD and PROPAGANDA in the name of spreading POSITIVITY is disgusting!
For being positive we don’t have to become blind propagandist of the Govt.
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) May 12, 2021
Grim situation in India
India is currently battling the second wave of COVID-19 that has wreaked havoc across the country, with queues outside hospitals and crematoriums getting longer. People are struggling to get hospital beds, essential medicines and oxygen, with many dying on pavements or outside hospitals. There have been multiple reports of state governments hiding the real death figures.
According to the health ministry, over 2.54 lakh people have died so far due to the viral infection. Of it, over 4,200 people died on Tuesday—the highest death toll in a day since the pandemic began last year.
The situation has resulted in massive criticism for the Narendra Modi government on the global platform. India is also struggling at the vaccine front and not being able to manage the demand. Several states on a routine basis give SOS calls to the Centre over the shortage of vaccines. While the Centre has opened vaccination for all above 18 years, there are not enough vaccines to cater to the demand.
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