Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked the people of the country to take care and protect themselves from the growing Covid-19 pandemic that is still growing at an alarming pace across the country since, he said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was busy doing other things.
Gandhi, who is accompanying his mother and Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on a trip abroad and are missing the monsoon session of Parliament, said the Prime Minister is being busy feeding peacocks in reference to an Instagram post of the PM with peacocks.
The video, shared with a poem in Hindi, shows PM Modi spending time with peacocks at his Lok Kalyan Marg residence. In the 1.47-minute video, PM Modi can be seen feeding grains to the bird during his morning exercises while another clip shows him with a pair of peahen inside his residence.
Gandhi said coronavirus cases in India, which are rising with each passing day, will soon cross 50 lakh this week and the number of active cases will cross 10 lakh. The coronavirus tally in India crossed the 48 lakh-mark with 92,071 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. As many as 1,136 deaths were reported on Sunday, taking the toll to 79,722.
The Congress leader blamed the PM for what he called an unplanned lockdown which, he said, was a gift of one man’s ego. The lockdowns since March 25 have dealt a very hard blow to the livelihoods of migrants who had to trek across the country to their native states and was even more deathly on the Indian economy. The first quarter GDP growth in the country for this year had contracted to minus 23.9 percent.
Gandhi has been putting out videos in Hindi asking the people to demand accountability from the BJP government. Several cabinet ministers have mocked and ridiculed the Congress leader for his twitter outreach, Information, and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had recently said given Gandhi’s twitter posts, it seems the party is fast becoming the party of tweets.