Centre Hiding Actual Coronavirus Death Figures, Alleges Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Wednesday accused the Central government of “hiding” the actual coronavirus death figures, even as he urged people to raise their voice for universal free vaccination.
“GOI is hiding actual Covid deaths,” he said in a tweet, tagging a media report that conducted a survey on who people thought were responsible for coronavirus deaths.
Mr Gandhi also launched a campaign to pressure the government for universal free vaccination in the country.
“Vaccine is the strongest protection against the corona pandemic. You should also raise your voice for providing free vaccination to the people of the country – wake up the central government,” he said on Twitter, using the hashtag #SpeakUpForFreeUniversalVaccination.
He also shared a video highlighting the shortage of vaccines.
His sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also tweeted for universal free vaccination and slammed the government over a “confused and dithering” vaccination program.
“We are one of the biggest vaccine-manufacturers in the world. Yet only 3.4% of our population is fully vaccinated. Who is responsible for India’s confused and dithering vaccination program,” she asked in the tweet.
She said that on August 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared that there was a plan in place to vaccinate every Indian. But it is now mid-2021, and the country’s inoculation rate is just 1.9 million people per day, whereas “we need 7 to 8 million people to be vaccinated per day to achieve that target”, she said.
“The Centre first took all responsibility, after that as the 2nd wave hit it started to abdicate responsibility to the states. Other federal countries like Germany and the USA have followed a completely different process, where the Centre has procured the vaccines and distributed it to states,” she asked in a video tagged in the tweet.
“Why did the Modi government not do so?”
The Congress has been criticial of the government’s handling of the pandemic and has slammed the vaccination policy.
The party has also been demanding free vaccination for all and has urged the Centre to procure jabs and provide them to states.