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Thu Apr 22, 2021, 07:17 PM

India's Modi Scorned over Reckless Rallies, Religious Gathering amid Virus Mayhem

Many Indians are pillorying Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his response to a scary surge in coronavirus cases, sickened by him addressing tens of thousands of people at state election rallies and letting Hindu devotees congregate for a festival.

Tags like #ResignModi and #SuperSpreaderModi have trended on Twitter in the past two days, as bodies piled up in mortuaries and crematoriums, and desperate cries for hospital beds, medical oxygen and coronavirus tests flooded social media.

"You hold rallies as people head to funerals," Akhilesh Jha, the data head of the federal Department of Science & Technology, wrote in Hindi on LinkedIn, in a rare public outburst by a government official.

Though it isn't a force in the state, the main national opposition Congress party on Sunday called off election rallies in Bengal. But the BJP has insisted on its candidates "constitutional right" to campaign for at least 14 days.

COVID-19 cases in Bengal, meanwhile, have quadrupled since the start of April, and at least three election contestants have died.

“How many deaths does it take ‘til he knows, that too many people have died?” Nirupama Menon Rao, a former foreign secretary, asked on Twitter.




https://www.reuters.com/world/india/indias-modi-scorned-over-reckless-rallies-religious-gathering-amid-virus-mayhem-2021-04-19/

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Thu Apr 22, 2021, 07:29 PM

1. Crazy that so many would show up for a political rally with Covid out of control.

The U.S. doesn’t have a monopoly on covidiots.

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Thu Apr 22, 2021, 08:09 PM

2. Nor do we have a monopoly on right-wing nutjobs.

Modi and his BJP are hard right.

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