Wishes pour in for Dr. Manmohan Singh after former PM tests positive for COVID-19; Harsh Vardhan faces condemnation for ‘undignified’ response


Wishes poured in for Dr. Manmohan Singh after the former Indian prime minister tested positive for coronavirus on Monday. The veteran Congress leader and reputed economist was later admitted to Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Wishing our former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh Ji good health and a speedy recovery.”

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter, “Dear Dr. Manmohan Singh Ji, Wishing you a speedy recovery. India needs your guidance and advice in this difficult time.”

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted, “My prayers are with Manmohan Singh ji and his family today, and my deepest respect. May he fight this scourge with all his might and get well soon.”

Meanwhile, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is facing widespread condemnation for his ‘undignified’ response to Manmohan Singh’s letter to PM Modi on ways to deal with the current coronavirus pandemic. Harsh Vardhan had said in his reply to Singh, “History shall be kinder to you Dr Manmohan Singh ji if your offer of ‘constructive cooperation’ and valuable advice was followed by your (Congress) leaders as well in such extraordinary times!”

In his letter on Sunday, Singh had suggested five ways to deal with the second wave of the pandemic. “The key to our fight against COVID-19 must be ramping up the vaccination effort. We must resist the temptation to look at the absolute numbers being vaccinated, and focus instead on the percentage of the population vaccinated,” the former PM had said.