“Dear Hemant Soren, I have great respect for you, but as a brother I would urge you, no matter whatever our differences are, indulging in such level of politics would only weaken our own nation,” Reddy tweeted. He further added, “In this war against Covid-19, these are the times not to point fingers but to come together and strengthen the hands of our Prime Minister to effectively combat the pandemic.”
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— YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (@ysjagan) 1620381596000
“Hemant Soren is a failed CM. Failure in governance. Failure in tackling Covid in the state. Failure to assist people. To hide his failures he demeans the office he holds. Wake up and work, Mr. Soren. The clock is ticking,” first Jharkhand chief minister and senior BJP leader Babulal Marandi tweeted, in reaction to Soren’s remarks.
Senior BJP leader from Assam and head of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), Himanta Biswa Sarma, slammed the Jharkhand CM for his “disrespectful” tweet towards the Prime Minister. “Your tweet is not only undignified, but also mocks the suffering of the people of Jharkhand. PM Modi had called to learn about the challenges faced by the same people. You have done a petty job. You have lowered the status of the CM’s post,” Sarma, who has been active on Covid management in the state, tweeted.
BJP MP from Deoghar, Nishikant Dubey, reacted scathingly, saying, “In my entire life, I have not seen a Chief Minister of such a poor mentality, who is not ashamed to speak so lightly about the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister called the state chief minsters to take stock of people’s well-being and you (Soren) is making downmarket comments against the prime minister. Learn to respect the dignity of the post you are holding.”
Soren on Thursday described Modi”s phone call to him on the Covid-19 situation in the country as the PM”s “Mann Ki Baat”, instead of business.
Soren”s reaction came after Modi spoke to him and the chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Telangana about the Covid-19 situation on Thursday.
“Today the respected Prime Minister called. He only spoke his ”Mann Ki Baat”. It would have been better if he would have talked business and heard the issues,” the Jharkhand chief minister said in a tweet.
आज आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री जी ने फोन किया। उन्होंने सिर्फ अपने मन की बात की। बेहतर होता यदि वो काम की बात करते और काम की बात सुनते।
— Hemant Soren (@HemantSorenJMM) 1620323342000
Jharkhand is among the 10 states and Union territories that are collectively accounting for over 75 percent of daily Covid-19 deaths in the country, according to latest data. The others in the league are Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.
Jharkhand reported 133 Covid-19 fatalities on Thursday, taking the death toll due to the viral disease in the state to 3,479, while 6,974 cases pushed the state’s infection tally to 2,70,089.