News18 journalist Pallavi Ghosh on Wednesday revealed that Congress President Sonia Gandhi has already been fully vaccinated.
Sources – Mrs sonia gandhi has taken both vaccine doses .. @RahulGandhi was slated to take on 16th April but had COVID so deferred ..— pallavi ghosh (@_pallavighosh) June 16, 2021
Citing sources within Congress, she said that Sonia Gandhi has taken both the doses of vaccine and while her son Rahul Gandhi was slated to take first dose of vaccine on 16th April 2021, he could not since he tested positive for Chinese coronavirus. He had to defer his vaccination for the same.
Soon, netizens pointed out that if what Ghosh tweeted was indeed true, then Rahul Gandhi’s ‘sensitive’ gesture of cancelling public rallies in West Bengal elections due to rising Coronavirus cases during second wave of the pandemic was nothing but a smokescreen.
As per congress spokesperson @_pallavighosh , @RahulGandhi was Covid positive on 16th .— LolmLol (@LOLiyapa) June 16, 2021
He announced to call off rallies in Bengal on 18th.
Aur fir saari waah-waah bhi karva li… 😂 pic.twitter.com/ZjX77u3Kja
Here is what happened.
On 18th April, 2021, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to announce that in view of the worsening COVID situation, he was going to cancel all his public rallies in West Bengal during the elections.
In view of the Covid situation, I am suspending all my public rallies in West Bengal.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 18, 2021
I would advise all political leaders to think deeply about the consequences of holding large public rallies under the current circumstances.
His gesture was hailed as leading by example as a ‘leader’ should for limiting public gatherings in middle of raging pandemic.
Two days later, on 20th April, he took to Twitter to announce that he had tested positive for Chinese coronavirus.
After experiencing mild symptoms, I’ve just tested positive for COVID.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 20, 2021
All those who’ve been in contact with me recently, please follow all safety protocols and stay safe.
On 20th April he said that after experiencing mild symptoms, he got himself tested and was COVID positive.
However, if what Ghosh said is to be believed, Rahul Gandhi had already tested positive for Chinese coronavirus on 16th April itself, four days prior to him making the announcement. That means, when he cancelled the public rallies in West Bengal, he was actually COVID positive and deliberately chose to skip that information while ‘leading by example’.
As of this moment it is not yet clear whether Rahul Gandhi has taken the vaccine jab. However, there seems to be more than what meets the eye when it comes to reasons behind him cancelling the West Bengal rallies.