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Full lockdown is the only way to stop Covid-19 spread: Rahul Gandhi

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Full lockdown is the only way to stop Covid-19 spread: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Alleging “complete lack of strategy” on ruling-government’s part, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the only way to stop the spread of deadly coronavirus now was a complete lockdown with the protection of minimum income guarantee scheme, NYAY, for the vulnerable sections.

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“GOI doesn’t get it. The only way to stop the spread of Corona now is a full lockdown- with the protection of NYAY for the vulnerable sections,” Gandhi said in a tweet.

“GOI’s inaction is killing many innocent people,” he said.

Later, in another tweet, Gandhi said he just wants to make it clear that a lockdown is now the only option because of a “complete lack of strategy” by the government of India.

“They allowed, rather, they actively helped the virus reach this stage where there’s no other way to stop it. A crime has been committed against India,” the former Congress chief alleged.

The opposition has been asserting that the central and state governments to control the situation by resorting to partial curfews, travel restrictions, closure and lockdowns will again be restricting economic activity that will hit the poor and, therefore, it was imperative to provide monthly income support. The Congress has been critical of the government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.

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Gandhi has been pushing for the implementation of the party’s proposed Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) providing minimum income guarantee to vulnerable sections.

India’s total tally of corona cases has crossed the 2-crore mark with 3,57,229 infections being reported in a single-day, while the death toll rose to 2,22,408 with 3,449 new fatalities in past 24-hours, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

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