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Coronavirus | India’s COVID-19 fight will be a case study of failures in Harvard: Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. File

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Congress on Monday hit back at the BJP for questioning its former chief Rahul Gandhi's attendance in meetings of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, calling it a “cheap distraction”, and ‘reminded’ how the BJP had ‘unceremoniously’ dumped its own leader, Maj. Gen. B.C. Khanduri (retd.), for an adverse parliamentary report on defence preparedness under the Narendra Modi government.

In a series of tweets, responding to BJP president J. P. Nadda’s attack on Mr. Gandhi, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the daily ‘insidious comments’ by the BJP chief was making him “look like a poorer version of malicious BJP spokespersons”.

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The Congress also launched a fresh attack on the government as India reached the third spot in terms of the countries having the highest number of Coronavirus [COVID] cases, with Mr. Gandhi stating that India’s COVID-19 fight would be one of the three case studies on failures in the Harvard Business School (HBS).

Demonetisation and the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) GST were the other two case studies the HBS could take up, he said.

In a tweet, Mr. Gandhi also put up a video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing the confidence of winning the Corona battle in 21 days and comparing it with the battle of Mahabharata.

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“Future HBS case studies on failure:1. Covid19. 2. Demonetisation.3. GST implementation”, Mr. Gandhi tweeted and tagged the 37-second video.

At the official briefing, party spokesperson Pawan Khera alleged that when Mr. Gandhi had forewarned the government about its COVID-19 response, BJP leaders ridiculed him.

“In his repeated intervention, Rahul Gandhi, in the last three months, kept trying to give constructive suggestions to the government on what a lockdown should... Instead of heeding to good advice, this government ridicules and attacks the person,” he said.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Surjewala said if the BJP government spent its energy in fighting China instead of the Congress, then it would not have to ‘lie and mislead’ the country.

“Dear Nadda Ji, Pl answer: Did the Standing Committee on Defence headed by Gen BC Khanduri not hold that 68% of our ‘equipment is vintage’ and there are insufficient resources for ‘construction of strategic roads on China Border’?Did Modi Govt listen to Defence Committee?” Mr. Surjewala said.

“Please answer: Did the Estimates Committee of Parliament headed by Ex BJP President, Murli Manhor Joshi, submit a report citing that Defence Expenditure was ‘lowest since 1962’-lowest in 56 yrs? Is this Modi Govt’s way of enhancing the morale of our Armed Forces?” he added.

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