As the Nation is trying to get a grip over worsening health crises, the opposition once again came together to target the Central Government. 12 Opposition parties on May 12, Wednesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting some steps to reduce the spread of the virus across the Nation. The joint letter was written by leaders of 12 Opposition parties which included four Chief Ministers; MK Stalin of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Uddhav Thackeray of Shiv Sena, Mamata Banerjee of Trinamool Congress, and Hemant Soren of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha. Other leaders included Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party, D Raja of Communist Party of India, Farooq Abdullah of Jammu & Kashmir National Conference, Sitaram Yechury of Communist Party of India (Marxist), Tejashwi Yadav of Rashtriya Janata Dal, H D Deve Gowda of Janata Dal (Secular), Sharad Pawar of Nationalist Congress Party and Sonia Gandhi of Indian National Congress.
Nowhere in the letter, the opposition parties have extended the support to the Central Government. Apart from their weird suggestions, the opposition targeted the Central Government stating that they have made certain imperative demands and suggestions in the past, be it jointly or independently but the Central Government paid no heed to it. According to opposition parties, ‘The apocalyptic human tragedy’ is the result of ignoring or refusing their suggestions and demands. The opposition stated that ignoring the ‘acts of commission and omission’ of the ruling government, which brought the Nation to such a ‘tragic pass’, they are of the firm opinion to undertake measures suggested by them on a war footing. Alleging that Central Government is not responsive to their suggestions, the opposition stated that they would appreciate a response from the Government in the interest of the people and the country.
In the letter, the leaders of Opposition pies suggested Prime Minister Modi to acquire vaccines from all possible sources – domestic and global, they further called for a free and universal mass vaccination across the Nation. It is to be noted that the same parties were targeting the vaccination drive initially, questioned about the legitimacy of vaccines, and spread false information about the vaccines to frighten the common people urging them not to take the vaccines made in India. Also, they urged the Centre to spend 35,000 crores allocated in the budget to procure vaccines.
The Opposition who seems to have a close look at Central Vista Project undertaken by Union Government once again attacked and asked the Government to stop the Centre Vista Reconstruction and use the allocated money to procure vaccines and oxygen. The Central Vista Project is the only project in the whole Nation according to Opposition that should be stopped and the money allocated to it should be used to fight COVID. The least important projects like Manora Amdar Nivas Reconstruction can carry on at a budget of Rs 900 crore, as Opposition turns blind and dumb to it.
The Opposition also made a demand to release the money from unaccounted private trust fund along with PM – CARES Fund. The opposition seems to be unaware of the fact that On May 12, Wednesday, PM CARES Fund approved procurement of 1,50,000 units of the “Oxycare” System which is developed by the DRDO for Rs 322.5 crores. Along with NRBM (Non-rebreather mask), the Central Government is supposed to buy One Lakh manual and fifty thousand automatic Oxycare systems.
It sounds as if the Opposition is hell-bent on targeting the ruling government without being aware of the facts. They demanded at least Rs 6000 a month for jobless people and free distributions of food grains to the needy with an allegation that over one crore tons of food grains are rotting at central godown. This reflects that they are unaware of the Prime Minister’s approval of allocating additional food grains for two months under Phase 3 of PM-GKAY (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana).
The most irrelevant, absurd, and obnoxious demand they made was about repealing all the farm laws to protect ‘lakhs’ of ‘annadatas’ who are becoming victims of the pandemic so that they can continue to ‘produce food and feed Indian people’. These are the ‘annadatas’ who protested violently on 26 January and are not ready to hear anyone stop their ‘protest’ for a couple of months until the situation is under control.
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