The Congress leader, Mr. P Chidambaram, on Saturday, asked the stae Chief Ministers where the party is in power to demand money for the poor from the Prime Minister.
His appeal came ahead of the Prime Minister's meeting with the Chief Ministers of various states. He said that the poor have lost their jobs and have exhausted their savings.
Further, Mr. Chidambaram said that they are now standing in queues to get free food and that remonetising them would cost only Rs 65,000 crore which, he said, was economically possible.
He took to Twitter to say, 'Chief ministers Amarinder Singh, Ashok Gehlot, Bhupesh Baghel, V Narayanasami, Uddhav Thackeray and E Palaniswani should tell the Prime Minister today that just as LIVES are important LIVELIHOOD of the poor is important.'
'The poor have lost their jobs or self-employment in the last 18 days. They have exhausted their meagre savings. Many are standing in line for food,' Mr. Chidambaram said, adding, 'Can the state stand by and watch them go hungry? Remonetising the poor should be their unanimous demand.'
It is being speculated that a decision regarding the extension of the lockdown might come forth during the meeting and that the government might announce a partial or full extension of the after Mr. Narendra Modi’s video conference with CMs of all the states and UTs.