Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Tuesday said that the Centre never asked any state to record fewer deaths or cases.
“Centre compiles and publishes the data sent in by state governments. Our work is to publish that data and nothing else. We haven’t told anyone to show fewer numbers (of deaths) or less positive cases. There’s no reason for that,” Mandaviya said during a discussion in Rajya Sabha. He also said that the resolution of people along with PM Modi’s guidance can save us from a third wave.
Earlier today, the leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that the government, just like demonetisation, didn’t prepare for a covid-19 lockdown, and it should be held accountable for this. Kharge also said that during state elections, it was the central leadership that broke its own rules by flouting covid-19 norms.
Meanwhile, the Pegasus snooping controversy rocked the Lok Sabha proceedings on Tuesday, leading to continued disruptions and repeated adjournments of the House.
Soon after the House assembled at 3 pm, the opposition members again started raising slogans on the Pegasus snooping issue, forcing the chair to adjourn the House for the day. Several members carried placards and sought the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. The House will now meet on July 22.