March 27, 2023

Kapil Sibal blamed the Prime Minister for inaction in saving valuable lives in the course of the second covid wave

New Delhi:

Senior Congress chief Kapil Sibal on Friday mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “without doubt” misplaced the ethical authority to rule for not standing with individuals in want of medical assist in the course of the second wave of COVID-19 and for doing enjoying political one-upmanship in polls as a substitute.

In an interview with PTI, the previous union minister launched a hard-hitting assault on the prime minister saying the shortage of a reputable political various didn’t imply that he ought to cease discharging his duties believing that his political fortunes are safe.

Mr Sibal additionally attacked the federal government for what he known as its ineptness to strategise the COVID-19 vaccination, saying it borders on felony negligence and its priorities in tackling the pandemic are “misplaced and faulty and lack sincerity”.

He additionally mentioned that the toolkit situation is nothing however an try to “deploy forgery” to divert public consideration from his authorities’s failures.

“A prime minister who should have stood with the people while they were languishing outside hospitals in need of medical aid during the pandemic, was busy playing political one-upmanship during Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam etc, has, without doubt, lost the moral authority to rule.

“There might or is probably not a reputable various however does it imply that he ought to cease discharging his tasks believing that his political fortunes are safe,” Mr Sibal told PTI while blaming the prime minister for inaction in saving precious lives during the second wave of the pandemic.

Mr Sibal said he agreed that at present “there’s positively a void by way of a robust political various” and that is why he has suggested reforms in his own party so that the country has strong and credible opposition.

The senior Congress leader, who was one of the 23 leaders who had written to Sonia Gandhi suggesting the party’s overhaul, said when the whole world was doing its best to tide over the pandemic and save precious human lives, our Prime Minister was busy addressing election rallies in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The COVID-19 protocols that the government under him had itself put in place were openly flouted, he alleged, saying, “I imagine that’s what defamed India”.

He said it is so convenient for this government to pin blame on others for its “monumental failures” rather than to introspect and do the course correction in order to provide succour to those affected.

“The toolkit situation is nothing however an try to deploy forgery to divert public consideration from the Modi authorities’s failures in managing the coronavirus pandemic,” he said referring to the issue that has been marked as ”manipulative media” by Twitter leading to a tiff with the government.

Mr Sibal also alleged multiple flip-flops in the government’s vaccine policy and said India was hugely embarrassed within a short span of time from a vaccine supplier to a country that was gasping for oxygen.

He also blamed the government for doing nothing to ramp up medical infrastructure between the first and the second wave that cost the country heavily and many precious lives were lost for want of medical aid including oxygen, ICU beds and medicines.

The Congress leader also accused the government of doing nothing to ramp up vaccine production and said it was shocking that the first order for procurement of vaccine from foreign manufacturers was placed as late as January 2021.

“Our ineptness to strategise the COVID-19 vaccination drive borders on felony negligence. Globally, mass immunization is essential to managing the pandemic. The two pillars of immunising a big inhabitants shortly and effectively are procurement and supply. In India, we’ve struggled on each fronts,” he said.

Mr Sibal alleged that the people of this country know that the priorities of this government in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic were “misplaced, defective and lacked sincerity and that it was utterly clueless and unprepared to take care of the enormity of the problem regardless of professional recommendation and warning”.

He also accused the government of cleverly shifting the burden of procurement to state governments, after having failed to timely procure vaccines and said both the decentralised model for vaccination and the new liberalized pricing model were “deeply flawed”.

“Public anger ensuing from vaccine scarcity was deflected by the federal government by blaming state governments,” he said, adding the reality was that the states only wanted flexibility in vaccine distribution and not in vaccine procurement.

“People dying for as primary a medical assist as oxygen was an even bigger embarrassment and that truly defamed the nation,” the previous union minister mentioned.

He mentioned because the National Disaster Management Act, 2005 was in drive, the Union Government is solely charged with the accountability to take care of such disasters and it can’t wash its arms off by placing ahead the oft-repeated rant of well being being a state topic.

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