Rahul Gandhi at Parliament House| Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Rahul Gandhi at Parliament House| Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
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New Delhi: United we stand, divided we fall. In times of a pandemic, this pithy old adage still holds ground. Some politicians today chose to shed partisan politics to appreciate the government’s efforts at fighting coronavirus, but alas, there will always be some chronic naysayers.

One of the first in the appreciation category is, surprise surprise, who do we have here? Well, if it isn’t Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, reacting to the relief package announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Thursday.

Former MP Shahid Siddiqui also embraces the announcement with arms wide open.

Critics, like economist Rupa Subramanya and author Tavleen Singh remain, well, critical.

Congress leader P. Chidambaram may have publicly voiced his support for the Prime Minister but BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya still can’t stop finding fault with him.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has been winning praise for his handling of the coronavirus crisis in the state and here’s one reason why: transparency about numbers at a time when many question government statistics.

Ever ready to bust myths, mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik finds fault with the PM’s parallel between the 18-day-long Mahabharata war and the 21-day-long battle against coronavirus.

BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra is definitely out of tune with the times — and the government’s social distancing messaging – as he hails Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his much-criticised Ayodhya aarti.

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah knows better than anyone what it means to be separated from family.

And lastly, comedian Akshar Pathak’s joke is arguably as good as Akshay Kumar’s comic timing.

With inputs from Fiza Jha

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