The former union minister P Chidambaram, one of the sharpest critics of the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, has backed the 'Janata Curfew' and said he is 'duty-bound' to support Mr. Modi in the fight against coronavirus or COVID-19.
'I am duty bound to support the PM and I shall do so. In effect, he has asked the people to fight the enemy with moral armaments. I am afraid that the virus is not like Clement Attlee imbued with high moral values. I am pretty certain the PM will be compelled to come back in a few days with tougher social and economic measures,' Mr Chidambaram, said.
'I plead for a temporary lockdown of all our towns and cities for two-four weeks.'
The former minister has expressed concern about the fallout of coronavirus on the economy. 'The PM implied that the current economic slump was triggered by COVID-19; that is not true. The beginning of the decline of the growth rate of GDP pre-dates COVID-19.'