'Modi ji neither speaks truth nor allows others to speak': Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi:

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to deceive the people about the deaths that happened due to the shortage of oxygen during Covid-19. He said that PM Modi does not let other speak the truth. 

“Modi ji neither speaks the truth nor allows others to speak. They still lie that no one died due to oxygen shortage!” tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

Gandhi retweeted a post by ‘The New York Times’ which criticised India’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

He further said, “I had said earlier also – due to the negligence of the government in Covid, not 5 lakh but 40 lakh Indians died. Fulfil the duty, Modi ji – Give compensation of Rs. 4 lakhs to every victim’s family.”

Last year in July, Junior Health Minister Bharati Praveen Pawar said in the Rajya Sabha that there were no deaths reported due to the lack of oxygen during Covid-19.

She said, “However, no deaths due to lack of oxygen have been specifically reported by states and UTs, in a written reply to Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.”

Soon after her statement, the opposition parties started slamming the BJP-led Central government, saying the struggle of India during the second Covid wave was noticed worldwide. 

Satyendra Jain, AAP leader,  targeting the Centre’s statement said that many people lost life due to the lack of oxygen, including the national capital, Delhi. “It’s completely false to say that no one died due to oxygen crisis” he added. Why were hospitals making desperate appeals everyday at High Court? The centre may soon say there was no pandemic,” he said sarcastically.   

However, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya blamed the states and told the parliament, “Prime Minister repeatedly told the states that deaths have to be registered, there’s no reason to hide. It’s the responsibility of the states. We keep a record of data provided by the states. That’s all the central government has to do.”


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