Priyanka attacks govt for preventing clicking of pics of Covid victims' pyres

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Priyanka attacks govt for preventing clicking of pics of Covid victims' pyres

Friday, 16 April 2021 | PNS | Lucknow

In a fresh attack on the Yogi Adityanath government, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra uploaded a video of erecting blockers around a Lucknow crematorium to prevent clicking of lit pyres of COVID-19 victims and advised the chief minister to focus on extending better healthcare to patients instead of wasting time, resource and energy in concealing facts.
Priyanka tweeted on Thursday, "Wasting your time, resources and energy to conceal the pandemic is of new use. To control it, to save lives and to take concrete steps to check the virus spread is the need of hour."
A video has been doing the rounds on social media showing rows of pyres burning in the overburdened crematorium in Lucknow and local authorities putting up tin sheets around them to conceal the tragic spectacle. The video has been shared by numerous social media users to point towards the ordeal triggered by the second wave of COVID-19 and the apathy of the authorities.
With the video going viral, voices of criticism grew targeting the UP government for failing to contain the deadly virus and under reporting deaths caused by it.
According to various Twitter users and accounts on social media, after the video went viral raising eyebrows on Wednesday, Lucknow authorities set up tin sheets to cover the Bhainsakund cremation ground in Lucknow in a desperate bid to prevent people from clicking pictures and recording videos of pyres being burnt.
On Wednesday too, Priyanka had accused the UP government of concealing the exact number of COVID-19 patients and said that had the government been cautious from day one, people would not have witnessed such times.
Addressing UP Congress leaders in a virtual meeting, Priyanka said, "The situation in Uttar Pradesh is on the verge of being the most explosive while the state government is constantly hiding data. Had the government been cautious, people would not have seen such days. The government has consistently hidden the number of infections and deaths."
"There is no system and plan of the government to deal with the situation and control it. The government has failed, it is insensitive and irresponsible amid the spread of the infection." she further said.
Referring to a letter of UP minister Brajesh Pathak, the Congress leader said that it was clear that testing was not being done in hospitals.
"Between April 5 and 11, while coronavirus cases spiked by 70 per cent in the country, in UP these cases rose by 281 per cent. Of the 24 crore population of UP, not even one crore people have been vaccinated," she added.
Priyanka claimed that the situation was such that queues of bodies could be seen in Lucknow and there was a shortage of wood at cremation grounds for the last rites.

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