BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: After Janta Curfew, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning asked people across India to switch off their lights and light candles, or hold lamps and mobile flashlights at 9 pm on April 5, for 9 minutes in order to show solidarity to fight coronavirus. However, he urged people not to step out of their homes. “You are not alone, no one is alone in the fight against coronavirus. The light from the lamps will show that we are together in this battle,” PM said.
Now, the leaders of the opposition parties hit out at Modi hours after he asked people to light candles on Sunday, calling his video message a mere “symbolism” and asked if he has any concrete relief measures or vision of the future in the fight against coronavirus outbreak in India.
Criticising Modi, TMC MP Mahua Moitra called for fiscal package to protect poor workers. She also asked the government to “stop gagging real press in name of curbing fake news.” “Get real,” she tweeted.
Turn out lights & come on balconies?
GET REAL MR. MODI!
Give India fiscal pkg worth 8-10pc of GDP
Ensure immediate wages to construction & other labour during lockdown- laws exist permitting this
Stop gagging real press in name of curbing fake news
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) April 3, 2020
Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor called Modi a “Photo-Op PrimeMinister.”
Listened to the Pradhan Showman. Nothing about how to ease people’s pain, their burdens, their financial anxieties. No vision of the future or sharing the issues he is weighing in deciding about the post-lockdown. Just a feel-good moment curated by India’s Photo-Op PrimeMinister!
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) April 3, 2020
Former finance minister P Chidambaram, in a series of tweets, called for steps to boost growth and said, “serious thought to ideas and measures” was as important as symbolism.
“Every working man and woman, from business person to daily wage earner, also expected you to announce steps to arrest the economic slide and re-start the engines of economic growth. The people are disappointed on both counts,” he tweeted.