New Delhi, Apr 3: Congress, on Friday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for asking people to switch the lights off and light a candle, instead of announcing the measures to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak and the steps to revive the economy.
“You asked us to clap, we clapped. Now you have asked us to switch the lights off and light a candle or a diya we will do that too, but some questions need to be asked”, said Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera. He said that the doctors and medical staff for whom the people clapped deserve personal protection equipment. “The poor, labour and farmers for whom you want us to light a candle also deserve to have fire in their stove. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure this”, he added.
Earlier in the day, during his address to nation, the Prime Minister asked people, who are under 21-day nationwide lockdown, to switch off the light at home at 2100 hours and light candles or diyas to mark the country’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
The Congress spokesperson said the nation expected the Prime Minister to announce that Rs 7,500 will be deposited in the Jan Dhan accounts, in the PM Kisan scheme accounts and the pension accounts.
“The jobs cardholders of MGNREGA were expecting you to announce an advance payment of three months in their accounts. State governments were hoping that you would announce payment of GST dues”, he added.
Referring to the life of common people and the agriculture sector, Khera said fresh vegetables were either rotting in the fields or the mandis.(UNI)