It's time for PM to become a 'leader', stop blame game: Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi, May 28, 2021
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the second wave of Covid-19 in the country and said that it is time for him to become a leader and stop the blame game.
Addressing a press conference through video-conferencing, he said the buck stops at the Prime Minister's door as it was he who exported COVID-19 vaccines and not the states.
"It's time that the Prime Minister should tell the country that I will arrange vaccines and become a leader and should not worry about his image," Gandhi said.
According to him, the Prime Minister's image has been dented and he should stop blaming the states because at such a time the Union Government and the State Governments should be in sync. It is the duty of the Prime Minister to ensure everybody is on the same page, he said.
"They were warned over a year ago. But they ridiculed the warnings, focused on tokenism, and declared premature victories. Who is responsible for the loss of lakhs of Indian lives?" he asked.
Attacking the government over the vaccination shortage, Gandhi said that India is fighting a war with Covid and vaccination is the only way to stop the pandemic. He also accused the government of hiding the real figures of deaths due to Covid.
"I had warned the government a number times non-stop over Covid since February last year. And the government made fun of us. Even the Prime Minister announced victory over Covid," he said.
He said that problem is that the government and the Prime Minister were unable to understand Covid.
He said that last year he told the government to not give space to Covid and close the doors.
"Vaccine is the permanent solution. And if you don't take the vaccine then the virus will keep on mutating itself and there will be second, third, fourth and many other waves of Covid," he said.
"I have written to the Prime Minister saying if the government does not have proper vaccine strategy, then large numbers of people will keep on getting affected. And the virus will keep on adopting".
Gandhi said, "Foreign Minister (S. Jaishankar) is saying that India has earned a name by providing vaccines to other countries. And what is the condition today, only three per cent people of the country have been vaccinated. Means 97 per cent people have chance of contracting Covid."