Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has slammed Narendra Modi-led central government over deaths in India due to the spread of Coronavirus. Gandhi, quoting a World Health Organization (WHO) report, said that 47 lakh people have died in India due to corona, but the Indian government estimates the death of just 4.8 lakh people. “Science does not lie, but Modi can,” he said in a tweet posted recently.
Furthermore, Gandhi also insisted that the families that lost their own to Corona must be honoured and offered financial help of at least Rs4 lakh.
In this case, Priyanka Gandhi has also targeted the Modi government. She also tweeted that during the Covid tragedy when millions of people were begging for oxygen, drugs and hospital beds for their families, the government was focusing on how to spin the statistics. She said that the countrymen should know what the truth is!
These statements from the two Congress leaders are referring to a recently released report by WHO. The report reveals deaths caused by Corona in different countries around the world. According to the report, more than 47 lakh people have lost their lives due to corona in India. This data highly contradicts the figures released by the Government of India, which state that between January 2020 and December 2021, 4.8 lakh people died in the country.
Meanwhile, the Indian government has objected to the WHO report, saying that the technique or model by which the WHO has collected this data is inappropriate. The government has further said that WHO has used outdated technology and models to collect this data. WHO or other authorities have not addressed India’s concerns. The government also stressed that the figures released by WHO are only for 17 states.
Earlier, Policy Commission member VK Pole also questioned the report. VK Paul said that while India already has a death toll due to corona, the model cannot be considered in a situation where only estimated figures have been released.