New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday accused the Center of “misusing” the status of COVID and creating a vaccine shortage in the country by exporting it. He has called for the cancellation of all public ceremonies and polling rallies in view of the increasing number of corona viruses.
Addressing a video conference meeting with the Chief Minister of Congress-ruled states and party ministers in the states, Sonia Gandhi said that priority should be testing, track and vaccination.
She was reviewing the efforts being made by the states ruled by the Congress to tackle the second wave of corona virus infection. Those who attended the meeting included former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel.
Amarinder Singh said that the vaccination stock of Punjab would last for five days, while Baghel said that Chhattisgarh would be out of vaccine stock in three days. Gehlot said that the Center should not view the states ruled by other parties as hostile.
The Congress president said, “The Modi government has misused the COVID position. It has exported vaccines and allowed a reduction in manufacturing in India.” He said that all public ceremonies and polling rallies should be canceled as the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing. The mass celebrations for elections and religious events have given COVID momentum, for which we are all responsible.
Rahul Gandhi expressed concern over the second wave of COVID-19 in the country. He also pointed to a direct link between the spread of infection, nutrition and livelihood. He said that the virus attacks the poorest and reiterated his demand for basic income support from the government.
In her opening remarks, Sonia Gandhi said that the number of cases of corona virus is increasing and it is the responsibility of the Congress as the main opposition party to take up the issues. He said, “We should first focus on India’s vaccination campaign, only then export vaccines and gift them to other countries. We should follow all laws and COVID regulations without exception. “