April 07, 2020
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Trump’s threat of retaliation for easing restrictions on the export of vital generic drugs including Hydroxychloroquine is a plain attempt at arm twisting. The government’s capitulation to this brazen blackmail undermines the vital concerns in our battle against the viral pandemic. This also signals yet another surrender to US interests.
In the recent past, our government has shown unplanned fiddling with the export of all sorts of PPE like surgical masks, gloves, ventilators etc with a disastrous impact on the safety of our frontline health workers.
Trump’s threat to India is in tune with the obnoxious attempts to secure drugs and other pandemic related material and in diverting supplies meant for other countries in pure self interest.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI (M) demands that this decision is rescinded in the supreme interest of our people’s health and safety, which face a major threat from the pandemic.