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Sonia Gandhi At Opposition Meet:PM's Package Joke,No Empathy For Poor
The initial optimism of the Prime Minister that the war against the virus would conclude in 21 days has turned out to be misplaced.
Sonia Gandhi At Opposition Meet: PM's Package Joke, No Empathy For Poor
New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi today during the first online meeting of oppsoition parties to discuss the coronavirus crisis said that The government has deserted any pretense of being democratic, has no compassion for the poor and has embarked on a "wild adventure of so-called reforms" including a grand clearance sale of public sector units
The Congress president said in a critique of PM Modi and his government over its COVID response.
"The spirit of federalism, which is an integral part of our Constitution, is all but forgotten. There is no indication either if the two Houses of Parliament or the Standing Committees will be summoned to meet."
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee joined the meeting but prominent absentees included Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party, and Aam Aadmi Party(AAP)'s Arvind Kejriwal. All three partied have their political issues with Congress.
Also Sonia Gandhi slammed out at the government's virus strategy and noted that successive lockdown had delivered diminishing returns.
Mrs. Gandhi also said that "The initial optimism of the Prime Minister that the war against the virus would conclude in 21 days has turned out to be misplaced. It seems that the virus is here to stay until a vaccine is found. I am also of the view that the government was uncertain about the criteria for lockdowns, nor does it have an exit strategy".
The Congress chief stating that the economy was "gravely crippled" and every economist had advised an immediate need for a massive fiscal stimulus but the PM's announcement of the economic stimulus package and the Finance Minister briefing the details over the next five days have turned out to be a cruel joke on the country.
"That the present government has no solutions is worrying; but that it has no empathy or compassion for the poor and vulnerable is heartbreaking," said Mrs. Gandhi.
Apart from migrant workers, she also said those who had been "cruelly ignored" include the 13 crore families in the bottom half of the population.
This is the first meeting with the united opposition for Uddhav Thackeray whose Shiv Sena was a BJP ally for 35 years but has now teamed up with NCP and Congress