The Congress on Monday accused the Centre of behaving like the East India company for not planning before the announcement of the lockdown as it caused suffering to millions.

Comparing the lockdown with demonetisation , the Congress said, “The commonality between lockdown and demonetisation is that the BJP government failed the basic rule of governance think and act rather than act without thinking.”

Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said that Both in the lockdown and demonitisation, BJP government behaved like the East India Company by looting the common man, ignoring the pain of the weaker sections of society, focussing on filling government coffers rather than pocket of the people of India.

“Three I’s, ill-planning, insensitive approach and irrational decision making, are the common traits exhibited by the BJP government during demonitisation and lockdown causing pain, anguish and distress to the vulnerable sections of the society,” added Jaiveer Shergill.

He said that BJP adopted an ostrich-like approach by completely ignoring the devastating effects of demonitisation and now again by neglecting the urgent need to provide oxygen to the dying economy.

“Both in demonitisation and lockdown, common man, labour force, MSME paid with their blood, pocket and sweat for the misadventures of the BJP ruled Central government,” said the Congress spokesperson.

Congress Senior spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “We cannot but help notice the similarities between demonetisation and lockdown, no planning or relief measures for the public.”

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