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COVID-19: Opposition leaders slam PM Modi for asking people to ‘light diyas,’ tell him to ‘Get Real’


Nation Next Newsroom | Apr 3, 2020 15:58

COVID-19: Opposition leaders have slammed PM Modi for requesting people to light diyas on April 5 to challenge the darkness of coronavirus.
PM Narendra Modi

Opposition leaders have slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his April 3 morning video, where in requested people to light diyas on April 5, Sunday at 9 pm to challenge the darkness of coronavirus. Opposition has blamed PM Modi for not addressing people’s problems due to lockdown and told him to ‘get real.’

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor criticized PM Modi as he wrote on Twitter: “Listened to 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 Prime Minister!”

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Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra wrote, “Turn out lights and come on balconies? Get real Mr. Modi! Give India fiscal pkg worth 8-10pc of GDP. Ensure immediate wages to construction and other labour during lockdown-laws exist permitting this. Stop gagging real press in name of curbing fake news.”

Moitra later reacting to a user’s post saying ‘Pehle Claps, Fir Candles. Modi Ji, Pandemic Hai, Apka Happy Birthday Nahi,’ replied, ‘Sad but true. ’

Former Union minister P Chidambaram also took to Twitter to share his views. Chidambaram wrote: “We will listen to you and light diyas on April 5. But, in return, please listen to us and to the wise counsel of epidemiologists and economists.”