New Delhi: Shortly after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s searing criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Centre’s dealing with of the Covid second wave, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday mocked him as a “gyani baba (wise monk)” who’s “dishing out pearls of wisdom” to others whereas not introspecting why states dominated by his personal get together fared poorly.
Smriti Irani alleged that the second wave started in “Congress-ruled states” and a state ruled by the get together reported the best fatality charge. She, nonetheless, didn’t title any state. In a collection of tweets, the BJP chief listed how Congress-ruled states fared on a number of parameters to curb the pandemic.
She additionally accused the Congress of a “U-turn” on its demand of vaccine decentralisation and creating “noise” that, she added, led to hesitancy amongst folks. She claimed that Congress-ruled states “did the worst” by way of vaccination, at the same time as India created a document by vaccinating greater than 86 lakh folks on Monday. The new vaccination technique, led by the Centre, got here into impact on Monday.
State with the best case fatality charge – Congress dominated state
States with most noise in opposition to vaccines creating vaccine hesitancy – Congress dominated states
States which had an astronomical positivity charge in the course of the second wave – Congress dominated states
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 22, 2021
Mr Gandhi this morning launched a Congress White Paper that he stated was a “blueprint” on how the authorities ought to reply to the doable third wave. He additionally focused PM Modi, saying his focus was on Bengal at a time Covid instances had been spiraling.
“90 per cent of people who died (in the second wave) could have been saved. The biggest reason (they died) was lack of oxygen. The PM’s tears can’t wipe families’ tears… his tears can’t save them, oxygen can. But he didn’t take it seriously as his focus was on Bengal (election),” the Congress MP stated.
He additionally questioned the federal government’s incapability to compensate households for shedding their major earner to COVID-19, mentioning that the Centre is “making ₹ 4 lakh crore from petrol and diesel (price hikes)”.
Apart from Ms Irani, a number of different BJP leaders seized on Mr Gandhi’s feedback and lashed out at him.
The BJP’s Karnataka unit posted on Twitter: “The Virus is not as intelligent and transforming as @RahulGandhi!”
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) June 22, 2021
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra stated it was “unfortunate” that Mr Gandhi made these remarks a day after India achieved a document 80 lakh vaccinations in a day.
“How long will you conduct virtual press conferences? Try going to the ground in Congress-ruled states and assess the Covid situation there,” Mr Patra sneered.
“Rahul Gandhi’s name is confusion. He has become Confucius Gandhi,” the BJP chief sniped.