Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday took a swipe at Niti Aayog, a government think tank for predicting that there would be no Covid-19 cases after May 16. According to the think tank, government’s lockdown strategy to keep watch over the virus will enable that.
“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 day after today, May the 16th,” tweeted the Congress leader.
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 day after today, May the 16th. pic.twitter.com/zFDJtI9IXP
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 15, 2020
The graph, as seen in Gandhi’s tweet, shows the curve predicting new cases peaking around final week of April and then sloping downwards to zero on May 16.
NITI Aayog chief executive officer Amitabh Kant later tweeted his rebuttal to Rahul Gandhi.
Blatant falsehood & lie. I have never tweeted this nor is this my slide. Please don’t attribute it to me & kindly withdraw your tweet. https://t.co/oqkUklgZGw
— Amitabh Kant (@amitabhk87) May 15, 2020
In a remark to HT later, the government think-tank said: “NITI Aayog examines & analysis quite a lot of epidemiological models. In a presentation Member (Health) has presented quite a lot of models presented by outdoor experts. This is a theoretical mannequin like several made by epidemiologists world wide at this sort of time. It will have to be read in that context and not literally. The said graph presents factual cases till date together with a trend line. No claim was once made as to zero case by 16th May, as is being incorrectly inferred.”
Alternatively, there was no let up in the cases even as the third phase of nationwide lockdown ends this Sunday.
Earlier today, the death toll because of Covid-19 rose to 2,649 in the country while cases touched 81,970, said the health ministry.