Sonia and Rahul Gandhi (File photograph)
NEW DELHI: Saying that it was the federal government that had failed, not the system, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday mentioned the chaos was reflective of the nation being “crippled by a political leadership which has no empathy for the people”. She additionally ridiculed BJP for obsequiously and prematurely lauding the PM for vanquishing Covid.
In one other letter to the PM, Rahul Gandhi mentioned “hubris” on his (Modi) half had “placed India in a highly dangerous position” and made one other nationwide lockdown “inevitable”. Sonia demanded that the PM name an all-party assembly on Covid.
The Congress chief demanded that parliamentary standing committees be convened to “ensure collective action and accountability”.
Addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party assembly, Sonia mentioned, “The Modi government has failed the people of our country… Tackling this crisis requires able, calm and visionary leadership. The nation is sinking under the weight of the Modi government’s indifference and incompetence… It is utterly shocking to see the Modi government abdicate its moral obligation and its sworn duty towards the people.”
The robust phrases, with Congress members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha listening in, have been in step with Congress’s current offensive towards the federal government wherein leaders from Sonia to Rahul Gandhi to former PM Manmohan Singh have blamed Modi’s lack of attentiveness and planning, and triumphalism for the virus gone wild.
Sonia mentioned BJP authorities’s empowered teams and nationwide taskforce had warned of a second wave of the pandemic whereas the parliamentary standing committee on well being had raised alarm over the dearth of preparedness. “But the PM arrogantly boasted that he had defeated the pandemic and his party obediently felicitated him for his so-called success,” she lamented.
In his letter to Modi, Rahul mentioned “uncontrollable spread of the virus” can be devastating not only for India however all the world and urged the federal government to make use of “genome sequencing” to trace the virus, assess efficacy of vaccines towards mutations and to “keep the rest of the world informed”.
Senior Congressmen Mallikarjun Kharge and Abhishek Singhvi have been cautious of Rahul’s reference of “national lockdown” and plumped for native and regional lockdowns. Rahul wrote that India’s measurement and genetic variety made it a fertile floor for virus mutation and that mutant strains have been “only the beginning, I fear”.
Sonia instructed MPs that the federal government didn’t beef up well being infrastructure over the last one yr, whereas allocating crores for non-essential initiatives (an obvious reference to the Central Vista).