Covid- 19: Quit playing the clown, India facing emergency, Rahul Gandhi tells PM

Covid- 19: Quit playing the clown, India facing emergency, Rahul Gandhi tells PM

As India reports new cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Rahul Gandhi is training his guns once again at the central government. A "true leader", he says, "would be completely focused on averting the massive crisis about to be unleashed by the virus on India and its economy".

He didn't name names, but there are no prizes for guessing who he's talking about.

Minutes before Rahul Gandhi posted his message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he would "give away" his social media accounts to inspiring women on March 8 -- Women's Day. It was a follow-up to another cryptic tweet, posted last night (see below), that sent social media users into a tizzy.

Some, like Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, saw it as an attempt to divert attention from the devastation wreaked by communal violence in Delhi's northeast, in which dozens have been killed.

And Rahul Gandhi himself commented on the campaign, asking PM Modi to "quit wasting India's time playing the clown with your social media accounts".Rahul Gandhi has questioned the government's response to the coronavirus outbreak before. He said on February 12 that he felt the Modi government wasn't taking the threat seriously.

 

'NO NEED TO PANIC, WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER'

 

Shortly after Rahul Gandhi's first tweet went online, Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted an update on India's response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

"There is no need to panic. We need to work together, take small yet important measures to ensure self-protection," he said.