Ajay Maken claimed the government is not prepared to handle a rise in coronavirus cases (File)
The Congress alleged on Saturday that the government is lacking in its preparedness to combat coronavirus, with senior leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the nation on containment measures taken so far.
Congress's senior spokesperson Ajay Maken claimed the government's preparations to tackle coronavirus are not visible.
Asked about BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya's reported remarks that there were several gods and goddesses in the country and therefore coronavirus can't cause any harm, Mr Maken said he would not like to comment on it as everyone has their own faith and beliefs, but said there are questions over the government's preparedness in dealing with the spread of the disease.
"Like Rahul (Gandhi) ji has repeatedly said, the government's preparedness is not visible," Mr Maken told reporters, adding if the government is ready, then the gods and goddesses will also help us, but if it is not, then no help will come.
"So it is a matter of sadness that the government's preparations are nowhere to be seen and god forbid, if this (virus) increases tomorrow, the government's preparedness is not there," he alleged.
Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, in a tweet, demanded that the prime minister address the nation on the present status of COVID-19 and the containment measures taken so far.
According to the Health Ministry, 84 coronavirus cases have been reported across the country so far, while two have died due to COVID-19 disease.