COVID-19 Pandemic: Take care of yourselves, GOI 'busy with sales', says Rahul Gandhi

The Congress leader had on Wednesday accused the Centre of putting "India on sale".

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (PHOTO: Facebook)

As India witnessed a spike in the number of daily COVID-19 positive cases at 46,164 in the last 24 hours, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday urged people to take care of themselves as the government is “busy with sales”.

Taking to Twitter, the Congress leader expressed his concern over the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

"Rising #COVID numbers are worrying. Vaccination must pick up pace to avoid serious outcomes in the next wave. Please take care of yourselves because GOI is busy with sales," Rahu Gandhi tweeted.

On Thursday, India's COVID-19 caseload surged to 3,25,58,530, including 3,33,725 active cases and 3,17,88,440 recoveries, while the death toll mounted to 4,36,365 with 607 more deaths, according to the latest update by the Union Health Ministry.

The Congress leader had on Wednesday accused the Centre of  putting "India on sale".

“First they sold faith and now #IndiaOnSale," Rahul Gandhi had tweeted.

Rahul Gandhi had slammed the Narendra Modi-led BJP government for its decision to monetise assets worth Rs 6 lakh crore  by engaging with the private sector under the proposed National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) launched by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday.

The government has identified 13 sectors under the NMP, including airports, roads, railways, gas pipeline, shipping, among others.

According to the National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) document, some of the assets to be monetised road assets worth Rs 1.60 lakh crore; 400 railway stations, 90 passenger trains and other railway assets worth Rs 1.52 lakh crore; power transmission assets worth over Rs 45,000 crore; 160 coal mining assets worth an estimated at Rs 28,747 crore; shipping assets worth Rs 12,828 crore; and estate assets worth Rs 15,000 crore.

First Published:Aug. 26, 2021, 2:41 p.m.

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