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Rahul Gandhi's Question For Centre: "Lockdown Failed,What Next"
India is the only country in the world that is relaxing the lockdown when the virus is "exponentially rising", he added.
Rahul Gandhi's Question For Centre: "Lockdown Failed, What Next"
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today questioned the Centre'splan to control coronavirus in the day ahead, pointing out the infection have been spiraling, defying the expectations of the government.PM Modi, he said, had promised that the infections will decline by the end of May, but the numbers clearly show it has not.
At the virtual media conference this morning Mr. Gandhi asserted that the nationwide lockdown has "failed" and further said that, "What is the Central government's plan to go forward as the disease is growing exponentially in the country? The four stages of lockdown have not given the result that the Prime Minister expected".
India is the only country in the world that is relaxing the lockdown when the virus is "exponentially rising", he added. Mr. Gandhi also tweeted his question to the government.
His Hindi tweet read: "Two months ago while announcing the lockdown, the Prime Minister had said that we will gain victory over coronavirus in 21 days. It has been more than 60 days and every day, the number of patients has been rising exponentially. The lockdown has not been able to beat this virus. My question to the government is -- what next?"
दो महीने पहले लॉक्डाउन लागू करते समय PM ने कहा था कि 21 दिनों में Corona के ख़िलाफ़ जंग जीतेंगे।आज 60 से ज़्यादा दिन बीत चुके हैं और रोज़ मरीज़ों की संख्या ज़बरदस्त तेज़ी से बढ़ रही है।लॉक्डाउन इस वाइरस को हरा नहीं पाया है।मेरा सरकार से सीधा सवाल है- अब आगे क्या योजना है? pic.twitter.com/NULQsX92Pj— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 26, 2020
On March 26, when PM Modi announced the countrywide lockdown for three weeks,496 people had tested positive for coronavirus, nine people have died.
Since April the government has been slowly easing the lockdown, with the Prime Minister announcing that the country needs to strike a balance between health and economy. Whereas officially the current phase of the lockdown extends till May 31, road, rail, and air transport have resumed slowly.
"What is the strategy regarding opening India? What precautions will they take to now curb the disease? How will they support migrants? How will they support the state governments and MSMEs?" Mr. Gandhi said.
He also said that Centre's big relief package, announced earlier this month by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has also fallen far short of expectation.
"The Prime Minister said 10 percent of the GDP but the reality is that less than 1 percent of the GDP is being given and mostly in loans. Hardly any cash is being given to people," he said. The Congress governments in states, which are giving cash to the people, also need support from the Centre, he added.