Take care of yourself as the Centre is preoccupied with sales, says Rahul Gandhi in the midst of the COVID-19 surge

New Delhi: As India reported a 22.7 percent increase in daily COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi launched a two-pronged attack on the Centre on Thursday (August 26).

Gandhi took to Twitter to express her concern about the increase in coronavirus cases and emphasised the importance of increasing the rate of COVID-19 vaccination. “The rising number of #COVID cases is concerning. Vaccination must accelerate in order to avoid serious consequences in the next wave,” the Congress leader tweeted.

Gandhi went on to criticise the Narendra Modi-led Central government’s National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) policy, saying, “Please take care of yourselves because GOI is busy with sales.”

In the last 24 hours, India added 46,164 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total caseload to 3,25,58,530. According to Union Health Ministry data released on Thursday, the death toll now stands at 4,36,365. In India, active cases increased to 3,33,725 in 24 hours, accounting for 1.03 percent of total infection counts. The daily positivity rate was 2.58 percent, with the weekly positivity rate being 2.02 percent.

Meanwhile, Gandhi slammed the government on Wednesday over the monetisation scheme, accusing it of putting “India on the market.” “.. “First they sold faith, and now #IndiaOnSale,” the former Congress chief tweeted.” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled a Rs 6 lakh crore National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) on Monday, which included unlocking value by involving private companies in infrastructure sectors ranging from passenger trains and railway stations to airports, roads, and stadiums.

The government intends to monetise assets, including 25 Airports Authority of India (AAI) airports in Chennai, Bhopal, Varanasi, and Vadodara, as well as 40 railway stations, 15 railway stadiums, and an unspecified number of railway colonies, over a four-year period, from Financial Year 2022 to Financial Year 2025.

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