Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Monday mocked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for suspending his election rallies in West Bengal amidst spurting COVID-19 cases, calling it an "alibi" in the face of defeat.
"It's an alibi as the captain found his ship sinking," Prasad told referring to Gandhi's decision to stay away from electioneering in WestBengal due to the second wave of the coronavirus.
The Union law and IT minister also attacked the Mamata Banerjee led-government, calling it an emodiment of "misrule, corruption and (Muslim) appeasement". "The Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal is an embodiment of misrule, corruption and appeasement," he alleged.
"The TMC is saying a lot of things about COVID management. Did Mamata ji attend the meetings of all the chief ministers with the prime minister on COVID? The answer is no," he said. As concerns mounted over massive election rallies turning out to be superspreader events contributing to the COVID-19 surge, Prasad said the Centre was doing everything to tackle the contagion.
Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress said that all poll rallies for West Bengal elections conducted by Mamata will not be longer than 30 minutes. On the other hand, PM Modi has decided to club is rallies on two different days on a single day, amid COVID-19 surge.