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#Resign_PM_Modi trends on Twitter as India sees worst COVID-19 wave

With India witnessing a massive spike of COVID-19 cases marking another record of single-day rise of 2,73,810 new Covid cases on Monday, furious netizens have started demanding current ruling Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resign.

The double-mutated variant of COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in the country. The national capital has imposed a week-long lockdown/curfew, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has cancelled rallies in West Bengal due to Coronavirus, however, the PM and BJP seem to still be in election mode. And now, netizens want Modi to resign for disastrous handling of the second wave of COVID-19, as #Resign_PM_Modi trends number 1 on Twitter globally.

The hashtag #Resign_PM_Modi has been trending on Twitter since morning on Tuesday with netizens blaming Prime Minister Modi for the disastrous second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

According to many users, PM Modi should not have permitted mass gatherings like Kumbh Mela and election rallies at a time when the second wave of Covid-19 was on.

“Don’t get hyper for everything u also should realise this time he has made some mistakes like kumbh and elections rallies. It’s time for him to act as a countries PM and take the onus on him and assure everyone he will make it right,” commented a user.

Television actor Nakul Mehta took to the micro-blogging platform and narrated a hard-hitting poem.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also sought his resignation for mishandling the second wave. She said, “For the skyrocketing COVID-19 cases, he must resign. He is the man who is responsible. No planning, no administrative capabilities, complete inefficiency. Neither did he plan ahead, nor did he allow anyone to do so.”

Netizens are holding PM Modi accountable and calling his election as India’s “biggest mistake.”

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However, as the situation of coronavirus worsens in India, PM Modi in a recent addressing to the nation urged state governments that lockdown should be their last resort.

“I urge states to use lockdown only as a last resort,” PM Modi said, adding that they should try their best to avoid lockdown, and focus on micro containment zones instead. He also urged people to come forward in this hour of crisis to help those in need, expressing appreciation for NGOs already working in this regard.

Prime Minister Modi also said that one shouldn’t lose patience no matter what the situation is and remarked that the steps announced in the last few days will help in improving the situation. On the issue of oxygen supply, he said that the Centre, state governments and private sectors are making sure that oxygen is supplied to everyone who needs it.

“I appeal my young friends to form committees in their colonies and apartments to ensure Covid-19 appropriate behaviour as this would help state government avoid establishing containment zones or impose curfews and there would be no question of a lockdown,” PM Modi announced.

In a marginal fall in India’s daily caseload of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), 323,144 new cases were detected across the country in the preceding 24 hours, taking the country’s infection tally to 17,636,307.

This is for the sixth straight day when more than 300,000 fresh infections were found, since the country first topped the 300,000 mark on April 22 when 314,835 cases tested positive. This is also the lowest single-day rise of more than 300,000 cases after the one on April 22.

The last 24 hours also saw 2,771 more people succumbing to the viral disease, taking the related death toll to 197,894.

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