Lead Covid fight, 187 prominent people urge opposition | India News


After addressing multiple petitions to the Union government, a group of 187 eminent persons have now written to opposition parties, asking them to step up constructive action in association with civil society to prepare the country for its fight against Covid-19.
The signatories, including academics Aditya Mukherjee, Mridula Mukherjee, Romila Thapar and Irfan Habib; economists Kaushik Basu, Prabhat Patnaik and Jayati Ghosh; activists Shantha Sinha, Harsh Mander and Wilson Bezwada, said the pandemic has deepened the fault-lines in society and in the light of the acts of omission and commission by the Union government, it is now up to the opposition to step up and ready themselves for the next wave.
“India is thirsty for a compassionate, consensual and cooperative leadership… We hope you will rise to the occasion…,” the open letter said. Endorsing the joint letter that 12 opposition leaders had written to PM Narendra Modi on May 12, the group said, “Despite the offer to cooperate and work with the Union government, it is shocking that the GoI has neither welcomed the suggestions, nor created a truly national task force comprising all parties, state governments, experts and civil society to tackle the unprecedented situation India is facing.”
They also alleged that the government “seems to have reneged on its moral and constitutional responsibilities”, and repeated the opposition charge that the Union has outsourced procurement of vaccines to states, resulting in “differential and exorbitant rates”.

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