AGENCIES, New Delhi: Within hours of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s televised address on the lockdown extension, Congress leader P Chidambaram attacked the central government saying that once again the poor have 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 said on Twitter on Tuesday.
“The poor have been left to fend for themselves for 21+19 days, including practically soliciting food. There is money, there is food, but the government will not release either money or food. Cry, my beloved country,” he said in another tweet.
PM Modi on Tuesday extended a nationwide lockdown until May 3 as the number of coronavirus cases crossed 10,000 despite a three-week shutdown.
PM Modi, in his third address to the nation, said the challenge was to stop the virus from spreading to new parts of the country.
“Till May 3, every Indian will have to stay in lockdown. I request all Indians that we stop the coronavirus from spreading to other areas,” he said.
We reciprocate the PM’s New Year greetings. We understand the compulsion for extending the lockdown. We support the decision
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) April 14, 2020