BH CORRESPONDENT, Patna: Election strategist-turned-politician Prashant Kishor, who is also one of the major critics of the Narendra Modi government today questioned if the government has any backup plan ready in case the coronavirus lockdown extension proves ineffective. “Do we have an alternate plan or the will to course correct?” he asked.
PM Modi announced the plan of his extending the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown till May 3 on April 14.
The announcement comes on a day the country witnessed the largest-ever jump in coronavirus cases. With 1,211 new patients testing positive in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases in the country is now 10,363.
This morning, Kishor tweeted,
It’s pointless to endlessly debate the rationale & modalities of the #lockdown2
The REAL question however is what happens if we don’t get the desired result even by staying the course on our chosen path till 3rd May?
Do we have an alternate plan or the will to course correct?
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) April 14, 2020
Kishor had earlier insisted that the government was just enforcing the lockdown on the people without having a holistic policy to battle the deadly virus, which has killed 339 people so far.
On April 8, under the hashtag #DifficultTimesAhead, he tweeted, “It is simply incomprehensible to see a police-led generalised lockdown pushed as PANACEA to get over a public health and economic crisis like #CoronaPandemic”.
The 43-year-old former leader of Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal United, earlier criticized the Modi government over citizenship law and the national register of citizens, had called the lockdown “botched up”.