New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the coronavirus situation in India, asking him to ‘stop playing the clown with your social media accounts when India is facing an emergency.’ Also Read - Coronavirus in India: Cabinet Secretary Holds Review Meet, Travel Restrictions Shared With States
The former Congress president’s tweet came a day after coronavirus officially ‘arrived in Delhi,’ with a resident of the city testing positive for the same, and on a day 40 students of a school in nearby Noida were sent to 28-day isolation after a parent of one of the students tested positive for coronavirus. Also Read - Coronavirus: 40 Students of Noida School Sent to 28-day Isolation, Advisory Issued to 1000 Companies
In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi attached a video of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressing his country over the coronavirus outbreak, stating: “Quit wasting India’s time playing the clown with your social media accounts, when India is facing an emergency. Focus the attention of every Indian on taking on the coronavirus challenge.” Also Read - Arvind Kejriwal Meets PM Modi, Discusses Issues Related to Delhi Violence, Coronavirus
“Here’s how it’s done,” he added.
The ‘social media accounts’ jibe was in reference to PM Modi announcing earlier today that on March 8, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, all his social media accounts would be handled by ‘women whose work and life inspire us.‘
In a cryptic tweet last night, he had ‘hinted’ at quitting all the social media platforms he is active on.
Earlier today, the Prime Minister chaired a review meeting on coronavirus, later tweeting that ‘there is no need to panic.’