'Arrest me too', Rahul Gandhi tweets poster criticising PM Modi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday tweeted "Arrest me too" with a picture of the poster that caused the arrest.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other leaders denounced the Centre over several arrests over the allegation of putting up posters in Delhi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Vaccine Maitri mission. The leaders condemned the Centre's action for curtailing the freedom of speech.
Gandhi on Sunday tweeted "Arrest me too" with a picture of the poster that caused the arrest. The Congress leader tweeted the same in Hindi as well and also changed his Twitter profile picture to that of the poster questioning the Prime Minister's policy decision on Covid-19 vaccine distribution.
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Congress MP P Chidambaram has also questioned India's freedom and its right to free speech after the arrests. "The poster asked a simple question of the PM: why did you export the vaccines meant for our children? Even before the PM could answer, the loyal Delhi Police answered with ARREST Celebrate, India is a free country," Chidambaram tweeted.
"Celebrate, India is a free country. There is freedom of speech. Except, when you ask a question of the Honourable Prime Minister. That is why the Delhi Police arrested 24 persons for allegedly pasting a poster in Delhi," he added.
The backlash against the BJP-led central government comes as India struggles against a devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that has overwhelmed the healthcare infrastructure of the country.
Many states, including Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, are facing a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines. Centres administering Covaxin in Delhi were shut on Thursday due to the shortage. Many other states have complained about the same and some of them have also issued global tenders in the market to get the essential shots.
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