Written by Manjiri Sachin Chitre | Edited by Sohini Goswami
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday accused Congress MP Rahul Gandhi of “doing politics” over deaths associated to Covid-19 within the nation. Calling out the estimate shared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on extra coronavirus deaths within the nation, the saffron camp stated the worldwide physique’s data and Congress’ ‘beta’ (son) are both unsuitable.
Speaking at a press convention, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra stated the WHO’s methodology to calculate the estimated deaths in India as a result of coronavirus is “flawed”.
“India has a robust mechanism for birth and death registration. The WHO’s data and the Congress’ beta are wrong,” the BJP spokesperson stated.
He stated the Congress chief has “repeatedly tried to lower Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image since 2014 and has, in the process lowered India’s image”.
Earlier within the day, Gandhi accused Modi of “lying” over India’s Covid-19 toll. Sharing a report by the WHO, Gandhi stated “47 lakh Indians died due to the Covid pandemic, and not 4.8 lakh as claimed by the government.” He additional urged the ruling authorities to assist the kin of those that succumbed to the lethal virus with a compensation of ₹4 lakh.
“47 lakh Indians died due to the Covid pandemic. NOT 4.8 lakh as claimed by the Govt. Science doesn’t LIE. Modi does. Respect families who’ve lost loved ones. Support them with the mandated ₹4 lakh compensation,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Centre has rejected WHO’s report and called it “statistically unsound and scientifically questionable”.
The WHO has stated “India reported 4.7 million extra deaths between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021″ — greater than 3 times the variety of lives formally recorded worldwide – a complete of roughly 14.9 million fatalities.
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