Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s criticism of the government’s handling of India’s biggest health challenge in the recent years continued this morning as the country saw the world’s biggest daily spike in Covid infections. Mr Gandhi, 50, had also tested positive for Covid earlier this week, and is quarantined at his home.
In a sharply-worded tweet, the Congress MP from Kerala’s Wayanad targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his address to the nation on Tuesday, calling it a “hollow speech”.
“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,” the Congress leader wrote in a tweet in Hindi.
On Tuesday, PM Modi, in a televised address, assured the nation about the availability of medical oxygen, hospital beds and other essential facilities amid an alarming surge in Covid infections. As restrictions return to many parts of the country, the Prime Minister also said “lockdown should be the last resort”.