Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath targeted the opposition parties on Tuesday, saying some people are trying to weaken the country’s fight against COVID-19 for their own political interests. “When the country is moving ahead in its fight against the coronavirus, there are many who are playing politics in this situation also,” he added.
“It is saddening that some people are attempting to weaken India’s strong fight against the virus due to their own political interests,” the chief minister said. Adityanath said a ‘PM Garib Kalyan’ package has been announced for the poor for the first time during the pandemic and “frustration is palpable among those people who used to usurp the money of welfare packages meant for the poor in their regimes”. He said while the government was standing by all without any discrimination, some parties were doing “unnecessary politics”.
“This is indecent behaviour against political decency. People know everything. They will themselves reply to the attitude of negative people. I appeal to the people of the state to support the government with patience and sensitivity,” Adityanath said. He said the government was working in the interests of 23 crore people of the state and migrant labourers.
A journalist was shot at by a group of masked men while she was in her car at east Delhi’s Vasundhara Enclave, the police said today. Mitali Chandola, who lives in Noida, was driving her Hyundai i20 car around 12:30 am on Sunday when a Maruti Swift suddenly overtook her, the police said.
Some masked men inside the car fired two shots at her, the police said, adding the bullets pierced through the front windshield and one of them hit her hand. Ms Chandola told the police the attackers also threw eggs on her car’s windshield before accelerating away.
She has been admitted to Dharamshila Hospital in east Delhi and is out of danger.
The police said they are investigating whether any gang that targets motorists at night with eggs to distract and rob them were involved in the attack.
The police have also not ruled out personal enmity. Ms Chandola said she was not in good terms with her family, according to the police.
“She has received bullet injuries in her arm. She is out of danger. Prima facie it appears to be case of family dispute,” senior police officer Jasmeet Singh told reporters.
The police have launched a hunt for the accused.
In 2008, a 26-year-old journalist, Soumya Viswanathan, was shot dead in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj while she was driving around 3:30 am.