Lockdown failed, COVID cases still increasing: Rahul Gandhi slams Centre
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi also hit back at Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. He said, “Allow me to walk down to UP, I will help migrant workers to the best of capability.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, slamming the Central Government, said that the lockdown has failed to attain its objective. He claimed the four phases of the lockdown did not give the results that Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected.
On Tuesday, addressing a digital press conference, the former Congress president asked the Centre to clarify its lockdown exit strategy and how it intends to support migrants and state governments.
“The lockdown has failed to achieve its objective. 60 days have passed and the disease is still increasing. We need clarity as to what is the Centre’s strategy for the coming days. How is it going to support the poor, how will it protect the migrant workers and the MSME sector?” Gandhi said.
He further added, "The four stages of lockdown have not given the result that the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) expected."
Questioning the Centre’s decision of easing the lockdown, Gandhi said that India is the only country in the world which is relaxing the lockdown when the virus is "exponentially rising".
Notably, the former Congress president has also hit back at Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s “dramebazi” allegation. Sitharaman had attacked Gandhi saying that the former Congress president’s meeting with the migrant workers on the streets of Delhi was nothing but a drama.
Responding to Sitharaman’s comments, Gandhi said, “If they grant me permission, I will carry the luggage of the migrant workers myself. But my main objective is to take the message of the migrant workers to the rest of the country.”
“It is the Finance Minister’s view that if I am speaking to migrant workers it is drama. However, if she wants, I will walk down to UP. Give me permission, I will help as much migrant workers as possible,” Gandhi told the reporters.