Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and different leaders denounced the Centre over a number of arrests over the allegation of placing up posters in Delhi towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Vaccine Maitri mission. The leaders condemned the Centre’s motion for curbing the liberty of speech.
Gandhi on Sunday tweeted “Arrest me too” with an image of the poster that brought on the arrest. The Congress chief tweeted the identical in Hindi as properly and likewise modified his Twitter profile image to that of the poster questioning the Prime Minister’s coverage choice on Covid-19 vaccine distribution.
The Delhi Police on Saturday registered 25 First Investigation Reviews (FIR) and arrested many for allegedly placing up these posters.
“Modiji humare bachon ki vaccine videsh kyu bhej diya (Modiji why did you ship vaccines of our kids to overseas nations?)” the posters learn that had been plastered in a number of elements of town learn.
The police obtained details about the posters on Thursday and primarily based on further complaints, they registered 25 FIRs below Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code and different related sections, together with Part three of the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, PTI quoted an official as saying.
The Congress retweeted Gandhi’s assault on the Centre with a quote asking the Prime Minister why he had not considered the Indian residents earlier than sending the vaccines overseas.
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Congress MP P Chidambaram has additionally questioned India’s freedom and its proper to free speech after the arrests. “The poster requested a easy query of the PM: why did you export the vaccines meant for our kids? Even earlier than the PM may reply, the loyal Delhi Police answered with ARREST Have fun, India is a free nation,” Chidambaram tweeted.
“Have fun, India is a free nation. There’s freedom of speech. Besides, once you ask a query of the Honourable Prime Minister. That’s the reason the Delhi Police arrested 24 individuals for allegedly pasting a poster in Delhi,” he added.
The backlash towards the BJP-led central authorities comes as India struggles towards a devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that has overwhelmed the healthcare infrastructure of the nation.
Many states, together with Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, are dealing with a scarcity of Covid-19 vaccines. Centres administering Covaxin in Delhi had been shut on Thursday because of the scarcity. Many different states have complained about the identical and a few of them have additionally issued international tenders out there to get the important photographs.