Chiefs of as many as 12 opposition parties have jointly shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the current scenario of COVID-19 situation in the Country. 

“United, India can defeat COVID-19. Only if you listen to ‘Kaam ki Baat’, instead of imposing ‘Mann ki Baat’,” Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has asked PM Modi. 

“Please ask your Ministers to work, not troll,” he added. 

The chiefs of the 12 opposition parties: Congress, JDS, NCP, Shiv Sena, TMC, DMK, JMM, JKPA, SP, RJD, CPI and CPI-M – have accused the PM Modi-led Centra Government of ignoring the suggestions given by the opposition parties earlier. 

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In its letter to PM Modi the opposition leaders also suggested 9 steps that “must be undertaken on a war footing by your government” to tackle the second wave of COVID-19. 

“Unfortunately, your government has either ignored or refused all these suggestions. This only compounded the situation to reach such an apocalyptic human tragedy,” they said. 

The opposition parties sought free mass vaccination campaigns and suspension of Central Vista project and divert the money to aid the fight against coronavirus.  

Opposition leaders urged PM Modi to procure vaccines centrally from all available sources – global and domestic – and spend a budgetary allocation of Rs 35,000 crore for the same. 

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They urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invoke compulsory licensing to expand domestic vaccine production and release all funds held in the unaccounted private trust fund, PM Cares, to buy more vaccines, oxygen cylinders and medical equipment. 

They also requested him to provide Rs 6,000 per month as financial aid to the unemployed. 

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