Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi criticised Narandra Modi-led union government for its failure to handle the coronavirus crisis in India, but he declined to take responsibility of Maharashtra.
Maharashtra is worst-hit by coronavirus pandemic with a total number of cases reaching 52,667 on Monday and 1,000 people succumbed to death. A lot is being rumoured about the possible disagreements within the ruling alliance on tackling the crisis in the state. Talking to media, Rahul Gandhi, who criticised Narendra Modi for his failure, tried to distance himself from Maharashtra.
“I would like to make a differentiation here. We are supporting the government in Maharashtra, but we are not the key decision maker in Maharashtra. We are decision-makers in Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Puducherry. There is a difference between running the government and supporting it,” NDTV quoted the Congress leader as saying.
Rahul Gandhi said that the state needs a lot of support from the central government. He added, “I said very categorically that Maharashtra is an important state, Mumbai is the financial capital and there is a lot of attention, they have a difficult situation and lots of attention needs to be given to the state by the centre.”
Talking about his comment, NCP MP Supriya Sule said, “I’ve heard what Rahul Gandhi said. He’s absolutely right. It’s a coalition. Everyone takes a decision together. Uddhav Thackeray takes everyone into confidence. I’ve seen him first hand, he takes everyone along.”