NEW DELHI: A day after former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Covid situation in the country, Union minister Harsh Vardhan in turn shot a letter back at Manmohan, telling him to ask his party men to also follow his advise.
The health minister said Manmohan’s advice to “not get tempted to go by absolute numbers, but to go by percentage of population covered is not incorrect” but he asked Manmohan to ask his partymen to remember when discussing the total cases, active cases or mortality
“I am sure that you will agree with me that this is a practice that must be followed uniformly and junior members of your party too must follow your advice Quite obviously, it cannot be that the discussion on total cases, active cases or mortality is based on absolute numbers, which the Congress party often tries to do, but the vaccination numbers continue to be touted as a percentage of the population covered,” Harsh Vardhan wrote.
While praising Manmohan for understanding the importance, Vardhan wrote “people in responsible positions in your party as well as in the state governments formed by your party do not seem to share your view. ”
The health minister further alleged that many Congress members and Congress- ruled state governments have taken “extraordinary interest in spreading falsehoods regarding the efficacy of these vaccines.”
Vardhan also slammed the former PM for what he termed are the “facutal inaccuracies”, saying his suggestion about importing vaccines and providing funding to vaccine manufacturers has already been implemented by the government.
“Despite such factual inaccuracies, we understand your deep concern for the country and also assure you that we share the same. We request your continued cooperation in the battle against the pandemic and welcome more such illuminating suggestions. However, as a senior leader, we expect that you shall offer the same advice and wisdom to your own party leaders as well,” Vardhan wrote.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Sunday written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, suggesting five ways the government can fight the pandemic amid an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases.

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