Senior Congress leader, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, has hit out at the Prime Minister over his video message, saying there was no vision of the future in it and was it just a feel-good moment 'curated by India's photo-op Prime Minister'.
Mr. Narendra Modi had on Friday urged people to switch off the lights in their homes and light up lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm on April 5 to display the country's 'collective resolve' to defeat coronavirus.
In a video message of over 11 minutes, Mr.. Modi also asked people to maintain the 'Lakshman rekha' of social distancing by staying indoors and not getting together in groups during the exercise.
'Listened to the Pradhan Showman. Nothing about how to ease people's pain, their burdens, their financial anxieties,' Dr. Tharoor said.
'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!' the MP from Thiruvananthapuram said.