Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday took a jibe on the Niti Aayog over one in every of its predictions that the nationwide lockdown would be sure that India sees no contemporary coronavirus instances from Could 16.
“The geniuses at Niti Aayog have done it again. I’d like to remind you of their graph predicting the govt’s national lockdown strategy would ensure no fresh Covid cases from tomorrow, May the 16th,” Gandhi tweeted.
The Congress chief additionally posted a graph projected by the federal government on the time. In keeping with the graph, Covid-19 instances in India noticed a sudden spike from April 2, and peaked on April 18. The graph was predicted to descend from April 24 and see a whole dip on Could 16, suggesting zero instances.
In a assertion issued on Friday, the federal government suppose tank clarified, “Niti Aayog examines and analysis various epidemiological models. In a presentation, its member ( health) has presented various models as presented by outside experts. It is a theoretical model like several made by epidemiologists around the world. It should be read in that context and not literally. The said graph presents factual cases till date along with a trend line. No claim was made as to zero case by May 16, as is being incorrectly inferred.”
Reacting to a touch upon the tweet, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant stated, “Blatant falsehood and a lie. I have never tweeted this nor is this my slide. Please don’t attribute it to me.”
In his press conferences on April 16 and Could 8, Gandhi had insisted that the lockdown isn’t an answer to defeat Covid-19 however a pause button. He confused the necessity for having a complete exit technique in place to make sure that the coronavirus doesn’t come again as soon as the restrictions are lifted.