Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A day after India celebrated the milestone of administering one billion (100 crore) of Covid-19 vaccines, Maharashtra congressman Nana Patole spoke strongly on Saturday against the central government. Patole said Narendra Modi’s government had failed to take adequate action to stop the spread of the coronavirus, adding that it was “unfortunate that the BJP is now celebrating the deaths of people,” PTI reported.
Patole also denounced the Union government on other issues, including unemployment, agricultural distress, inflation and the Indo-Chinese stalemate. He claimed that China has repeatedly interfered with our borders, but the Modi government has continued to remain silent on these issues, PTI also reported.
Patole claimed the Center was trying to deflect attention by using central agencies to attack ministers in Maha Vikas Aghadi’s government in Maharashtra. But the government of Maharashtra “gives it back.” Few MVA ministers and their family members have recently come under the scanner of central agencies such as the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) and Income Tax, notably Nawab Malik and Ajit Pawar.
“However, to distract attention, the Center uses investigative agencies like ED, but Maharashtra’s MVA government returns it,” Patole said, quoted by the news agency.
Speaking about the cruise ship drug smuggling case, in which Aryan Khan, the son of film superstar Shah Rukh Khan, is an arrested defendant, Patole said the BJP’s decision attempted to “divide Hindus and Muslims “. He noted that the Center had yet to take action on a massive drug shipment found in a port controlled by a “leading industrialist,” highlighting the drug seizure from Mundra Port.
(With contributions from the agency)