At a Covid briefing, Prime Minister Modi wants unity from the opposition.
The Prime Minister stated that while India is in a better situation than many other nations in terms of the population ratio affected by Covid-19, India cannot afford to relax its vigilance.
To combat the spread of the epidemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Parliament floor leaders on Tuesday that the Union government and the states must work together as a team and rise beyond politics.
The Prime Minister stated that while India is in a better situation than many other nations in terms of the population ratio affected by Covid-19, India cannot afford to relax its vigilance. He mentioned the recurrence of Covid-19 infection in several nations, including the United Kingdom.
The Opposition was split at a nearly three-hour meeting at Parliament House Annexe to brief floor leaders on the government’s handling of the epidemic.
Leaders of the Trinamool Congress, NCP, SP, Shiv Sena, and DMK attended the conference, but the Congress, CPM, CPI, AAP, and RJD remained away – as did erstwhile BJP partner SAD.
“There was complete confusion,” a senior Opposition leader claimed. There was no choice between going or staying away. There was no debate about it. As a result, some of us went and some of the parties didn’t.”
When asked about the Congress’ decision to skip the meeting, Rajya Sabha Leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the party wants the government to update all MPs in the Central Hall of Parliament, not only party floor leaders.
“We had advised the government that a debate on the House floor should take place first. The administration agreed to our demand, and we held a five-hour discussion about the Covid issue in the Rajya Sabha… As a result, staying away was pointless,” a leader explained.
According to sources, there were also divisions within the Congress over the decision to skip Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan’s presentation during the conference.
Bhushan delivered a comprehensive presentation, according to a senior Opposition politician who attended the meeting. “The presentations discussed numerical figures, such as how many vaccines had been administered, and the absolute numbers are far greater than in other countries. Even when comparing states, they used absolute numbers, and the major states obviously had greater absolute numbers. The proportion of the population vaccinated, as well as how states are performing and how we will reach those objectives, were all lacking, according to the leader.
“At one point, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that when India wins Olympic gold, it is the country’s medal, not the medal of one administration or one party… Similarly, when India defeats Covid, it would not be the result of a single administration or political party,” the leader reported Prime Minister Modi as stating.
According to reports, the Prime Minister informed leaders that vaccinations from additional businesses are expected to be accessible in the near future. According to sources, the presentation was prompted by questions and proposals from leaders of several political groups.
The Shiv Sena and the TMC, respectively, sought additional vaccinations for Maharashtra and West Bengal. Leaders of the BJD and TMC also urged that the government speed up the process of acquiring the indigenous vaccine Covaxin international recognition.
TRS leader Nama Nageswara Rao asked the government to increase vaccination efforts, expressing worry that the second wave has also impacted the rural people. The meeting was attended by Amit Shah, the Home Minister, and Rajnath Singh, the Defense Minister. Sharad Pawar of the NCP, Ram Gopal Yadav of the SP, Pinaki Misra of the BJD, Tiruchi Siva of the DMK, and N K Premachandran of the RSP were among the Opposition leaders present at the meeting.