Rahul Gandhi releases white paper on Covid mismanagement, says aim not to point finger at Centre

New Delhi: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday released a report where he mentioned mismanagement of covid-19 pandemic by the Centre and said it was not to point out discrepancies in the system, but to help nation prepare for the third wave. 

Addressing a press conference virtually, Rahul Gandhi, who is a Lok Sabha MP from Kerala’s Wayanad said, “Everyone is aware of the Covid pandemic and how many people lost their lives. We have prepared a white paper in detail, and the aim of this report is not to finger point the blame on the government, but to help the nation prepare for the third wave of infections. The whole country knows that a third wave will strike,” he said.

“Government did not take the necessary action to prevent the second wave of Covid,” he said, adding that today again we are standing here.

“Entire country knows that the third wave is going to come as the virus is mutating. And we are saying again that the government should prepare immediately, the requirements of medicines, infrastructures, oxygen supplies and hospitals,” he said.

“The purpose of this white paper is to help the government to prepare for the third wave,” Rahul Gandhi said.

This is our intention to provide the government the insights on what to be done, he said, while pointing out that it is clear that management of the first and second wave of Covid was disastrous, and we have tried to point out the reasons behind it. He asserted, “I would even go so far as to say that there might be waves even after the third wave of Covid-19 as the virus is mutating”.

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The Congress leader further said that the central pillar to defeat coronavirus is to take vaccine. 

The Congress has accused the central government of hiding Covid-19 death numbers, with Rahul Gandhi saying that the numbers do not lie. “Numbers don’t lie… GOI (Government of India) does,” Gandhi said on Twitter while citing a New York Times’ estimate of the number of Covid-19 deaths in India.

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