"Take whatever action you want to": Priyanka Gandhi dares UP govt over coronavirus tweets
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Jun 26, 2020, 11:30 am
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has challenged the Uttar Pradesh government to take whatever action they deem necessary against her for being outspoken regarding the problems being caused in the state over the treatment for the novel coronavirus. Taking to her Twitter page, she dared the Yogi Adityanath government while continuing to say she will keep highlighting the truth.
Her tweet in Hindi when translated reads, "As a public servant, it is my duty towards the people of Uttar Pradesh to bring out the truth. My duty is not to propagate the propaganda of the government. The Uttar Pradesh government is wasting its time in trying to use scare tactics against me. Take whatever action you want, but I will keep highlighting the truth. I am Indira Gandhi's granddaughter and not an undeclared BJP spokesperson like some of the opposition leaders,".
Priyanka Gandhi has been raising questions against the Uttar Pradesh government on several issues among which includes the rapid spread of the COVID-19 infection in the state. The Congress leader on Sunday posted on Facebook a media report, which claimed 57 girls at Kanpur's state-run child shelter home, had tested positive for coronavirus. The report added that two girls were "found" to be pregnant with one turning out to be HIV positive. She drew comparisons with the Muzaffarpur shelter home case in Bihar, where a number of alleged sexual abuse cases were reported. A notice to Gandhi was issued on Thursday by the state child rights panel, which asked her to reply within three days for her statements on the shelter home they say were "misleading".
Priyanka Gandhi had also tweeted earlier on June 22 that 28 coronavirus patients in an Agra hospital had died after 48 hours of their admission. Citing a media report, she went on to say that Uttar Pradesh's Agra model, which is being propagated by the government, now stands exposed. Soon after, the Agra District Magistrate Prabhu Narain Singh on Tuesday issued a statement informing the Congress General Secretary to take down her tweet.
An unflinching Priyanka Gandhi, however, continued to question the UP government regarding the "high" coronavirus mortality rate in the state on the same day and said that CM Yogi Adityanath must issue a clarification over the next 48 hours on those accountable for "pushing people into these adverse circumstances". Tagging a media report, she stated that Agra's coronavirus death rate was 6.8 percent and was higher than Delhi and Mumbai.