Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday called the tika utsav [vaccination festival] a ‘sham’ and questioned the government on the use of PM-CARES fund in tackling the second wave.
Rahul alleged that neither testing was being done nor hospital beds, ventilators and oxygen were available.
Separately, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra posted a photo of the Uttar Pradesh authorities covering up a Lucknow cremation ground by placing tin sheets and asked the “government not to hide the corona deaths”.
“There are no tests or beds in hospitals. There are no ventilators or oxygen. The vaccine is also not there. But there is a sham of a festival. PM-CARES?” he asked.
Rahul has been critical of the government’s handling of the second wave and had written to the Prime Minister on April 8, asking the government to open up vaccination to “whoever needs it”.
To scale up vaccination efforts, he suggested the government provide necessary resources to vaccine suppliers to increase manufacturing capacity, fast track approval of other vaccines as per norms and guidelines and open up vaccination to everyone who needs it.
The Congress leader’s renewed attack came as India witnessed its highest single-day rise of 2,00,739 COVID-19 infections and 1,038 deaths.