National News Update : Rahul dubs tika Utsav as ‘farce’

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New Delhi, Apr 15 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday continued to slam the Narendra Modi government’s management of the pandemic and termed the ‘tika utsav’ or vaccine festival a ‘farce’.

‘There are no tests, no beds in the hospital, no ventilators, no oxygen. There is also no vaccine. Just a festive pretence,” the former Congress president said in a tweet in Hindi.

His tweet comes in the wake of the alarming rise in Covid-99 cases and acute shortage of vaccines forcing the Centre fast-track approvals for vaccines from outside India. Till date, the disease has claimed 173,123 lives.

The former Congress president, had on earlier occasions also, criticised the Centre over the commercial export of vaccines from India wondering if it is was a gimmick to garner ‘publicity’ at the cost of the people’s health.

Criticising the PM’s appeal to the chief ministers to organise a vaccine festival from April 11 to 14 to inoculate as many people as possible, Mr Gandhi had said that shortage of vaccines amid the rise in cases is a very serious issue and not an “utsav”.

According to the Union Health Ministry today, India has registered 2,00,739 new COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours, marking the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak.


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