System has not failed people of India but ‘Modi Govt has’, says Sonia Gandhi on COVID crisis

New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday slammed the BJP led Government of India over its handling of the COVID pandemic, saying Narendra Modi government has failed the people of India.

“Let us be absolutely clear – the system hasn’t failed… the Modi government has failed the people of our country,” Gandhi said.

Delivering the opening remarks at a virtual meeting of the CPP (Congress Parliamentary Party), she urged Modi to “urgently call an all-party meeting” to discuss the COVID situation.

“India is in the grip of a deadly health disaster. Thousands have died and millions are scrambling to access basic healthcare, life-saving medicines, oxygen, and vaccines. It is heartbreaking to see people battling for their lives in hospitals, on roads or waiting in vehicles,” Gandhi was quoted by NDTV as saying.

“And what is the Modi government doing? Instead of alleviating suffering and pain, it has abdicated fundamental responsibilities and duties towards the people. Let us be absolutely clear – the system hasn’t failed. The Modi government has failed the people of our country,” she added.

In the last 24 hours, India reported over four lakh new cases. The tidal wave has left hospital beds, medicines and oxygen supplies at a premium, and medical professionals overworked and traumatised.

This morning the Supreme Court issued a sharp reminder to the GoI on the supply of oxygen.

Gandhi highlighted these “failures”, including “failure to place sufficient orders for vaccines”, and criticised BJP-ruled states for cracking down on people crying out for help.

“As you all know, Parliament allocated ₹ 35,000 crores in the union budget to ensure free vaccines for all. Yet the Modi government has placed the burden on already stretched state governments. It has allowed differential pricing for vaccines,” Sonia Gandhi said.

Gandhi also highlighted letters written by Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the “spirit of constructive cooperation”, but said these had fallen “on deaf ears”.


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