Pakistan handled COVID-19 better than India, Tharoor censures Modi at LLF

Congress leader accuses BJP of unnecessarily targeting Tablighi Jamaat

07:40 PM | 18 Oct, 2020
Pakistan handled COVID-19 better than India, Tharoor censures Modi at LLF

LAHORE/NEW DELHI – Indian opposition leader Shashi Tharoor has taken on the Narendra Modi led government for failing to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in the South Asian country, accuse the ruling BJP of unnecessarily targeting Tablighi Jamaat.

Speaking at the Lahore Literature Festival via video conferencing, the senior Congress MP said that Pakistan has done better in handling the outbreak of coronavirus compared to India.

“We look with envy across the border because you chaps seem to be having a rather pleasant time of it in terms of being able to return to normalcy. We are still facing many places where numbers are going up so there’s no sense yet of a peak having been reached and in some parts, including both the capital where I am now, and in my constituency of Thirvananthapuram in the extreme South, the numbers are worse than they have ever been.”

"The Indian government is not doing well and the people realize this. Rahul Gandhi mentioned as early as February that COVID-19 must be taken seriously otherwise India will face economic catastrophe so he should get credit for it," Tharoor said during a conversation with a Pakistan based journalist.

The discussion revolved around the subject matter of how the Coronavirus changed the world.

Tharoor, 64, also accused the Modi government of unnecessarily targeting Tablighi Jamaat in order to justify bigotry and discrimination against the Muslims.

India, second most populous country in the world, has so far recorded a total of 74,94,552 case of COVID-19 cases, which include 7,83,311 active cases; 65,97,210 cured, discharged, or migrated patients, and 1,14,031 deaths.

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