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PM again hesitated to make firm statement against China: Congress

New Delhi, June 30 (PTI) Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of title management, Congress said on Tuesday that his speech to the nation was “much ado about nothing” because it belied expectations and ignored any mention of the border impasse with China.

Congress spokeswoman Supriya Shrinate said Modi was not looking “the enemy” in the eye, which was expected of him after a bloody stalemate with China in Ladakh on June 15.

“Our greatest expectation was that the Prime Minister will muster the courage and the will to look China in the eye and respond to the enemy. Take the enemy head on and make a very firm statement against what China is doing. But the Prime Minister once again avoided it, “she said.

Congress asked the Prime Minister to name China “aggressive” and send it a strong message after the death of 20 Indian soldiers in violent clashes with Chinese troops. The government banned 59 mobile apps with Chinese links on Monday, including TikTok and UC Browser, saying they were detrimental to the country’s sovereignty, integrity and security.

In a 16-minute televised speech on Tuesday, Modi warned people against laxity by following government directives and taking precautions against coronavirus. He said India was relatively better placed vis-à-vis many other countries because of the “timely imposition” of a national foreclosure and other decisions by his government.

He also announced the extension of a central government program to provide a free ration to more than 80 million people affected by the pandemic until November.

Shrinate said that many had hoped that the Prime Minister would talk about substantive measures to contain the pandemic and get the economy back on track, but he did not.

She said the Prime Minister only talked about extending an existing program, which could have been done by issuing a simple notification.

“The Prime Minister also did not speak of job losses and lower wages,” she said, “and also did not announce much-needed relief for migrant workers and the poor.”

Urging Modi to ensure a cash transfer of 7,500 rupees to the poor, Congress spokesman said he should keep in mind “raj dharma” and the national interest.

The Prime Minister said that everything was fine, but the truth is “far from it”, as India is among the top four countries for COVID-19 cases.

The number of COVID-19 in India rose to 5,666,840 on Tuesday, with almost 66% of the cases reported in June alone. For the past seven days, the country has reported more than 15,000 cases and experts say the pandemic has not yet reached its peak.

“There was a massive euphoria and a rise in power. In the end, the Prime Minister’s speech was” much ado about nothing. We had great expectations of the Prime Minister. Again, he denied our expectations, “she said at a virtual press conference.

The President of the Congress has declared that the prime priority of the Prime Minister seems to be the elections in Bihar.

“The hype and the buildup were all aimed at managing headlines,” she said. PTI SKC ABH ABH

Warning :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is automatically generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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