The Prime Minister's call to light candles on Sunday, at 9 pm, to fight the darkness of coronavirus on Friday drew instant reaction from opposition leaders, who accused him of empty symbolism and 'curating a feel-good moment' without announcing concrete economic measures.
'On this Sunday, April 5, we will challenge the darkness of coronavirus together. On April 5, at 9 pm, I need you to spare 9 minutes. At 9 pm, turn off all the lights in your houses and light a Diya, candle, torch or flashlight for 9 minutes at your doors, or balcony,' PM Modi said in a video message in the morning.
Among the first to tweet their response was the Congress MP, Dr. Shashi Tharoor. 'Listened to the 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 PrimeMinister!' he tweeted.
'Get real,' raged the Trinamool Congress MP, Ms. Mahua Moitra, calling for a fiscal package to protect poor workers and a stop to 'gagging real press'.
The former union minister, Mr. P Chidambaram, in a series of tweets, called for steps to boost growth and said 'serious thought to ideas and measures"' was as important as symbolism.