Chidambaram slams Gujarat model of handling Covid

Chennai: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram today questioned the Covid-19 statistics from Gujarat.

He cited a media report that said 689 bodies had been cremated in seven cities of Gujarat using the Covid-19 protocol.

“While Gujarat officially reported 78 Covid-caused deaths on Friday (17th April), the HINDU reported that 689 bodies were cremated in 7 cities alone following the Covid protocol.”

Chidambaram alleged Covid-19 deaths were being misreported as being caused by cardiac arrest, chronic diabetes and so forth and hit out at the ‘Gujarat model’.

The ‘Gujarat model’ was a term popularised by the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to highlight the latter’s successes when he was Chief Minister of the State from 2001 to 2014.