Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today slammed the centre for not taking the opposition parties into confidence even when the nation was facing an unprecedented health crisis.
Congress General Secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today slammed the centre for not taking the opposition parties into confidence even when the nation was facing an unprecedented health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. The Congress leader, stressing that this was a moment for the entire nation to stand together, hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for allegedly ridiculing even his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh’s earnest recommendations.
In an interview with ANI, targeting PM Modi, she said he must now stop his “public relations exercise” and talk to the people and opposition parties over the crisis. She said the Centre was willing to talk to even Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, but not Opposition leaders.
“Today I do not think that there is any opposition leader who is not giving constructive and positive suggestions. And all the political parties are saying that we are with you (Centre),” she said.
“Manmohan Singh ji was Prime Minister for 10 years. Everyone knows how dignified a person he is. If he is giving suggestions…then suggestions should be taken up with the same dignity with which they were offered,” Priyanka Gandhi said, asking if opposition leaders do not raise their voice, who will.
Ms Gandhi told PTI that the government is wasting time engaging in pettiness, making a minister respond to a letter addressed by a former Prime Minister.
As per PTI report, Ms Gandhi said that the export of six crore vaccines between January and March 2021 was a huge public relations exercise and during this same period, Indian citizens received only three to four crore doses.
“Why didn’t the government prioritise Indians first? Why did the prime minister place self-promotion above the nation? In a state like UP with a 22 crore population, only 1 crore doses have been administered,” the Congress leader said, adding that now the Prime Minister and Union Ministers are blaming state governments for increased oxygen consumption.
“They see precious human life in terms of demand and supply. But then what can one expect from a government led by a Prime Minister who is continuing to hold public rallies,” Ms Gandhi said, hitting out at ruling BJP for its continued election campaign in West Bengal despite a spike in COVID-19 numbers.
“Even today they’re busy with campaigning. They are laughing from the stages (at rallies). People are crying, screaming for help, seeking oxygen, beds, medicines, and you’re going to huge rallies and laughing! How can you?” she asked.