Tagging Vardhan’s remarks, Tharoor tweeted, “It’s sad to see Health Minister @drharshvardhan occupy an alternative reality while the nation gasps for breath & the world sees Indians suffering.”
“Can one imagine Dr Fauci (and White House Chief Medical Adviser) celebrating SMSs, promoting faux medicines & endorsing unproven therapies? No one believes our figures,” the former Union minister said.
Tharoor also tagged another tweet of Vardhan a few days ago in which he had noted that “our world-class Co-WIN platform ensured smooth rollout of beneficiary registration for Phase 3 of world’s largest vaccine drive”.
Vardhan mentioned in that tweet that in just three hours, 80 lakh people registered, 1.45 crore SMS were successfully delivered and 38.3 crore API hits recorded.
Taking a swipe at Vardhan, Tharoor tweeted, “SMS delivered as an indication of success in fighting #Covid?”
The Congress leader also tagged a media report which claimed that the Indian Medical Association has demanded an explanation from Vardhan for “promoting” Patanjali’s Coronil tablet, and tweeted, “Would love to see that explanation! The nation wants to know…”
In another tweet, Tharoor asked why is the government not spending the Rs 35,000 crore allocated in the budget and instead passing the burden of vaccine costs to states.
Tharoor also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Central Vista project by tagging two old media reports — one quoting the PM as saying that every Indian will have a house in 2022 and the other on December 2022 being set as the deadline for readying the PM’s new house as part of the Central Vista project.
“No wonder they call him the Pratham Sevak!!” Tharoor tweeted.