The BJP on Thursday hit out at Rahul Gandhi for his declare that lockdown just isn’t an answer to the coronavirus pandemic and requested why then the states the place the Congress is in energy prolonged it earlier than the central authorities did so. The ruling social gathering additionally contested the Congress chief’s declare that India was not doing sufficient testing, saying the variety of exams carried out by it are one of many highest at this stage of infections.
Senior BJP leaders BL Santhosh and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe attacked Gandhi whereas social gathering spokesperson Sambit Patra mocked him by taking part in on sure phrases and phrases utilized by the previous Congress president. “While the Govt has a catch-the-bull-by-horns approach and is trying to defeat Covid-19, he (Gandhi) is airing views with an approach that smacks of a ‘given up’ mentality, certifying that ‘it can’t be controlled’ but will have to be ‘managed’! Painful, seriously!” Sahasrabuddhe mentioned.
Santhosh famous that some states the place the Congress is in energy had prolonged the lockdown earlier than Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced on April 14 its extension until May 3. The BJP basic secretary (organisation) tweeted, “Lockdown just isn’t the answer acc to @RahulGandhi … Then why did the CMs of @INCIndia Cong partnered govts lengthen the lock down first …? (sic).”
Maharashtra, the place the Congress is a part of authorities, has backed the lockdown, with the state dispensation extending it to April 30 earlier than Modi’s announcement. Punjab, the place the Congress is in energy, had additionally prolonged the lockdown earlier than Modi’s April 14 tackle to the nation. Modi had mentioned that almost all chief ministers favoured lockdown to fight the pandemic.
Gandhi earlier strongly pitched for aggressively increasing coronavirus testing throughout the nation and adopting it as a “strategic” instrument to “defeat” the pandemic. He mentioned the lockdown just isn’t an answer to the pandemic, and the time have to be utilised to considerably bolster the present medical infrastructure in addition to take steps to take care of the worrying financial fall out.
BJP chief Patra tweeted just a few brief clips from Gandhi’s press convention to mock him. “I am laughing STRATEGICALLY and rolling on the floor DYNAMICALLY,” he mentioned. Santhosh added that the India Council of Medical Research has rejected Gandhi’s cost that India just isn’t doing sufficient testing.
“ICMR rejects @RahulGandhi charge that India is testing less . It tells India’s ratio tests to positive cases 24 :1 is highest in the world .. more than Italy, US , Japan. ICMR will also take up pool testing of 5 samples henceforth,” he mentioned.
From its Twitter deal with, the BJP additionally put out knowledge to say that India has managed to “significantly contain” COVID-19 as in comparison with different severely hit international locations, at simply 9 circumstances per a million of inhabitants and 0.Three deaths per a million inhabitants. At the benchmark of 12,000 constructive corona circumstances the tempo of unfold in India has been persistently a lot slower than different international locations which have been severely hit, it added.