“Only FAILED to provide bed/oxygen when needed”: Prashant Kishor takes potshot at PM Modi’s announcement for children orphaned by pandemic


Political strategist Prashant Kishor has taken a brutal dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his announcement of help for those children, who lost both their parents in the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Political strategist Prashant Kishor

This was after Modi announced that his government would take care of the education of children, orphaned by the pandemic. Modi tweeted, “Supporting our nation’s future! Several children lost their parents due to COVID-19. The Government will care for these children, ensure a life of dignity & opportunity for them. PM-CARES for Children will ensure education & other assistance to children.”

Sharing Modi’s tweet, Kishore wrote sarcastically, “Another typical #MasterStroke by #ModiSarkar this time redefining EMPATHY and CARE for children ravaged by #Covid and its catastrophic mishandling- Instead of receiving much needed support NOW, the children should feel POSITIVE about a PROMISE of stipend when they turn 18.”

He added, “- Be grateful to #PMCares for PROMISE of free education; a RIGHT guaranteed by the Constitution/RTE- Thank @PMOIndia for ASSURANCE to be enrolled in Ayushman Bharat that supposedly covers healthcare needs of 50Cr Indians but only FAILED to provide bed/oxygen when needed.”

Modi on Sunday completed seven years in office as India’s prime minister. His important milestone has coincided with the widespread death and destruction due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to New York Times, more than 40 lakh people may have died in the pandemic. The Modi government has come under severe criticism for its inept handling of the crisis. Both Modi and his trusted lieutenant, Home Minister Amit Shah, were seen addressing large election rallies in defiance of the coronavirus protocol even when tens of thousands of people died facing lack of access to basic healthcare.

Modi was also condemned for allowing the Kumbh Mela, which was attended by nearly 10 million people. The Hindu religious event is believed to have acted as the super spreader event, making the second wave of the pandemic that much deadlier.