BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his third coronavirus address to the nation on April 14 where he announced to extend the nationwide lockdown till May 3. However, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said PM’s address was without guidelines, thus making a reference to Shakespeare and comparing it with ‘Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark’.
In fact, several Congress leaders came down heavily on the PM after his address to the nation.
Within hours of PM Modi’s televised address on the lockdown extension, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram attacked him saying that once again the poor has been left to fend for themselves.
“We reciprocate the PM’s New Year greetings. We understand the compulsion for extending the lockdown. We support the decision. CMs’ demand for money elicited no response. Not a rupee has been added to the miserly package of March 25, 2020. From Raghuram Rajan to Jean Dreze, from Prabhat Patnaik to Abhijit Banerji, their advice has fallen on deaf years,” Chidambaram tweeted.
Senior Congress leader Singhvi tweeted that more relief was expected for the poor and the middle-class. “#Pm address wo single specific and wo guidelines is like #Hamlet wo #Prince of #Denmark. Like #PM wo details! We want increased #GDP allocation; specific targeted monetary injections; #Keynesian spending; loosen #FMRB etc. not a single word!,” he wrote.
#Pm address wo single specific and wo guidelines is like #Hamlet wo #Prince of #Denmark. Like #PM wo details! We want increased #GDP allocation; specific targeted monetary injections; #Keynesian spending; loosen #FMRB etc. not a single word!
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) April 14, 2020
Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor said while he supports PM Modi’s decision of extension of the lockdown, he should have “also announced serious relief for those who cannot make ends meet”.
I support the announcement by @PMOIndia @narendraModi of #Lockdown extension. Can’t discard the gains being made. But he should have also announced serious relief for those who cannot make ends meet. MNREGA payments, JanDhan accounts, GST dues to states,&aid to sweeten the pill.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) April 14, 2020
Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in India has gone up to 10,363, showed the data published by the health ministry, while the death toll reached to 339 on Tuesday. 1,211 fresh cases and 31 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.