Millennium Post (Kolkata)



NEW DELHI: Taking a dig at the government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said its strategy to fight the COVID-19 pandemic consisted of imposing a 'Tughlaqi lockdown', ringing bells and singing praises to the Lord.

The Congress-led opposition has been criticisin­g the government over its handling of the pandemic and the vaccinatio­n drive, while the Centre has maintained that its timely steps have been instrument­al in fighting COVID-19.

In a tweet in Hindi, Gandhi said, "The Central government's COVID-19 strategy –Stage 1- Impose a Tughlaqi lockdown, Stage 2- Ring bells, Stage 3- Sing praises to the Lord."

The Congress in the past also has compared some of the government's decisions to those taken by Delhi Sultanate ruler Muhammad bin Tughlaq, to allege that they were arbitrary and not well though out.

The party has also taken swipes at the government over its 'taali-thaali' call last year in which people across India clapped, rang bells, blew conch shells and beat metal plates in solidarity with health workers fighting the novel coronaviru­s.

Later, on Instagram, Gandhi posted a video from his remarks to the media on this day last year when he had talked about lockdown providing time for ramping up health infrastruc­ture and contrasted it with a video report of how there is a massive shortage of resources to fight the pandemic currently.

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