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INDIA: 'Arrest Me Too', Rahul Gandhi Tweets Covid Poster Critical Of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Date 16/05/2021 15:50  Author admin  Hits 683  Language Global
Leaders like P Chidambaram and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, too, criticised the Narendra Modi government over the arrests for putting up posters.

The posters surfaced across Delhi last week.

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, along with a bunch of other Congress leaders, today hit out at the Centre over reports of several people being arrested in Delhi for merely putting up posters critical of the government's handling of the Covid crisis.

"Arrest me too," Mr Gandhi tweeted today in both English and Hindi, along with the "white Hindi words on black background" poster that led to the arrests. It read: "Modi ji, why did you send vaccines meant for our children, abroad?"

At least 17 people have been arrested by the Delhi police over posters that came up in the past few days in the capital criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Delhi police, which reports to the Union Home Ministry, has said it had also registered around 21 cases under the Defacement of Public Property Act & Section 188 in the matter relating to the posters, according to an ANI report.

India has reported more than 3 lakh infections a day over the past three weeks, overwhelming its health care system and leaving many without hospital beds, oxygen and adequate treatment.

Critics and opposition parties have targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, accusing it of mishandling the crisis and focussing on its image.

Governments in several states like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh have been accused of trying to hide their casualties as hundreds of bodies, supposedly of Covid victims, have been seen floating in rivers and buried in sand by the banks.

Besides Mr Gandhi, several others have criticised the arrests saying it indicates a "lawless state gone amuck".

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh went one step ahead. Saying he would put up the posters on the compound wall of his residence, he asked the Delhi police and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to arrest him.

Others like Congress spokesperson Dr Shama Mohamed and activist Saket Gokhale, too, followed Mr Gandhi's example and dared the police to arrest them for tweeting the same poster.

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