BJP criticizes Sonia's comments on chaos as dirty politics

NEW DELHI: The Congressional Working Committee, chaired by the party chief Sonia gandhi He said Thursday that the Center's response to the crisis has been woefully below expectations and that the desperate migrant workers' escape on foot was a stain forever on the Modi government.

The top body of Congress said the Center's Financial Action Plan of March 25 was hopelessly inadequate, having ignored vast sections of the poor, including farmers, landless agricultural workers, MGNREGA workers without jobs and industrial workers. fired.

“As a result, we witnessed the tragic spectacle of thousands of migrant workers desperately trying to return to their villages by any means, including on foot. That show will forever be a stain on the Modi government, ”said a statement after the CWC meeting, attended by, among others, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, senior party officials and four senior ministers. of the party.

While calling on the government to urgently reveal Financial Action Plan-2 to instill confidence among those left out of the first, the CWC demanded that the Center form an economic task force with the world's leading economists to craft a long-term short economic revival plan.

“It will require massive resources on the order of Rs 5-6 lakh crore. Anything less will be totally insufficient and can exacerbate the situation, emphasized the party.

Seeking comprehensive preparations for the immediate harvest and acquisition of wheat and other Rabi crops at a minimum support price, Congress said the absence of immediate measures would jeopardize the country's food security.

At the same time, Congress said its review was conducted in a spirit of cooperation and urged the BJP government to view it as constructive criticism.

Congressional Chief Ministers Amarinder Singh Ashok Gehlot , Bhupesh Baghel and V Narayanaswamy complained that the Center is sitting with state funds, ranging from GST to MGNREGA. Baghel put Chhattisgarh's arrears in GST at Rs 2000 crore and Singh said the Center owed Punjab Rs 5000 crore. Gehlot said it will be difficult to manage if the funds are not released soon.

At the four-hour video conference meeting, veterans of Congress Manmohan Singh, Ahmed Patel, P. Chidambaram, AK Antony, Ambika Soni emphasized that the party is supporting the government in its efforts to combat the problem, but that it is not must withdraw. pointing out his mistakes.

The government has not fully understood the magnitude of the crisis, Chidambaram said.

Rahul Gandhi said the fight against the crown is not limited to the blockade but must include a structural plan to fight economic devastation and help the poor. He called for an India-specific strategy, arguing that what worked in other countries may not be suitable for India.

No country in the world has attempted a lockdown with huge migrant labor without organizing their stay, food and ration, and pushing them back home, he said.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra regretted that the police were hitting the migrants returning to UP and was also spraying them with insecticides.

As part of its suggestions, Congress said GST rates on consumer goods will drop for three months. He reiterated that 7,500 rupees will be transferred to each Jan Dhan account and 10 kg of free ration will be provided to each individual through PDS during the closing period.

Congress said the government's use of limited coronavirus testing was making the blockade a futile exercise and demanded that the tests be expanded. It also demanded that (PPE) be distributed to all health workers.

Minister of the Interior Amit Shah and BJP president on Thursday slammed Congress chief Sonia gandhi for her critical remarks about the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis, accusing the opposition leader of playing “dirty politics” and calling her comments “insensitive” and “uncalled for”.

“Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India ’s efforts to fight coronavirus are being lauded domestically and globally. Over 130 crore India ns are united to defeat Covid-19. Yet, Congress is playing dirty politics. High time they think of national interest and stop misleading people,” Shah tweeted in response to Sonia gandhi ’s criticism of the government.

At the CWC meet, Sonia gandhi charged the government with "unplanned" implementation of the 21-day countrywide lockdown which she said had caused "chaos and pain" to millions of migrant workers.

“While whole nation is united and fighting against Covid-19 under the leadership of PM Modi, the remarks of Congress chief Sonia gandhi are insensitive and uncalled for. The time is not for politics but to serve the nation. We must fight with unity,” Nadda said.

The BJP chief said Modi has waged war against Covid-19 by taking all the top ministers together as part of Team India. In these difficult times, Congress must act as a responsible opposition party, he said.

BJP Vice President and Member of Parliament for Rajya Sabha, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, said: “It is painful to read the comments from @INC India leaders! At least in these challenging times, surpassing partisan considerations, the opposition party should refrain from being negativists! Is this too much to expect?