The authorities has deserted any pretence of being democratic, has no compassion for the poor and has launched into a “wild adventure of so-called reforms” together with a grand clearance sale of public sector items, Congress president Sonia Gandhi mentioned at the moment in the course of the first on-line assembly of opposition events to debate the coronavirus disaster.
“All power is now concentrated in one office, the PMO,” the Congress president mentioned in a searing critique of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his authorities over its Covid response.
“The spirit of federalism, which is an integral part of our Constitution, is all but forgotten. There is no indication either if the two Houses of Parliament or the Standing Committees will be summoned to meet.”
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray joined the assembly however outstanding absentees included Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s Arvind Kejriwal. All three events have their political points with the Congress.
Sonia Gandhi lashed out on the authorities’s virus technique and famous that successive lockdowns had delivered diminishing returns.
“The initial optimism of the Prime Minister that the war against the virus would conclude in 21 days has turned out to be misplaced. It seems that the virus is here to stay until a vaccine is found. I am also of the view that the government was uncertain about the criteria for lockdowns, nor does it have an exit strategy,” Mrs Gandhi mentioned.
Stating that the financial system was “gravely crippled”, the Congress chief mentioned each economist of reputation had suggested a direct want for a large fiscal stimulus however “the Prime Minister’s announcement of a grand Rs 20 lakh crore package – and the Finance Minister spelling out its details over the next five days — have turned out to be a cruel joke on the country.”
Apart from migrant staff, she mentioned, those that had been “cruelly ignored” embody the 13 crore households within the backside half of the inhabitants — tenant farmers and landless agricultural staff; the laid off or retrenched staff; the shopkeepers and the self-employed; MSMEs; and arranged industries.
“That the present government has no solutions is worrying; but that it has no empathy or compassion for the poor and vulnerable is heartbreaking,” mentioned Mrs Gandhi.
For Uddhav Thackeray, whose Shiv Sena was a BJP ally for 35 years however has now teamed up with the NCP and Congress to rule Maharashtra, that is the primary assembly with the united opposition.