Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Opposition’s joint letter to PM

  • A number of suggestions and demands
  • Mayawati, Kejriwal don’t sign

New Delhi: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been maintaining stoic silence ever since he abandoned his West Bengal election visit in view of the rampant coronavirus, twelve opposition parties wrote a joint letter to him demanding  to take immediate action on certain issues of great urgency. The letter called the devastation caused by Covid-19 an “apocalyptic human tragedy.” The opposition parties suggested a number of steps to be taken by the government to effectively deal with the epidemic.

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The joint letter reminded the PM that, “We have repeatedly in the past drawn your attention, independently and jointly, to the various measures that are absolutely imperative for the Central government to undertake and implement. Unfortunately, your government has either ignored or refused all these suggestions. This only compounded the situation to reach such an apocalyptic human tragedy.”

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The opposition parties have suggested to the PM that centre should procure vaccine from all available sources.  Vaccination to all, licensing to produce vaccine and spending Rs. 35,000 crore on vaccine purchase were some of the suggestions or demands. The opposition also wanted the government to stop the Central Vista construction which intends to build houses for prime minister and vice-president. The letter also asked the prime minister to pay Rs. 6000 to the unemployed as monthly allowance. Food grains should be freely distributed to the needy. Farm laws are sought to be repealed. All major opposition political parties except Mayawati’s BSP and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party signed the letter.

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