“Like Hamlet Without Prince Of Denmark”: Congress On PM’s Lockdown Speech
No mention of a financial package or concrete steps to revive the economy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation, announcing extension of the current lockdown to May 3 was without guidelines, said senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, with a Shakespearean reference that it was “like Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark”.
Several Congress leaders shredded into the Prime Minister’s address, minutes after he spoke. PM Modi said any decision on easing restrictions in parts of the country would be taken after April 20, keeping in mind the difficulties faced by the country’s poorest.
Criticising the Prime Minister, Mr Singhvi sought more relief for the poor, the middle-class and small businesses. He said PM Modi can be assured that all stakeholders will do their duties and will strictly observe lockdown.Abhishek Singhvi✔@DrAMSinghvi
#Pm address wo single specific and wo guidelines is like #Hamlet wo #Prince of #Denmark. Like #PM wo details! We want increased #GDP allocation; specific targeted monetary injections; #Keynesian spending; loosen #FMRB etc. not a single word!216 · New Delhi, IndiaTwitter Ads info and privacy156 people are talking about this
“Cry, my beloved country,” former Finance Minister and veteran Congress leader P Chidambaram tweeted, adding that the country understands the compulsion for extending the lockdown. “We support the decision,” he said.P. Chidambaram✔@PChidambaram_IN · Replying to @PChidambaram_IN
CMs’ demand for money elicited no response. Not a rupee has been added to the miserly package of March 25, 2020
From Raghuram Rajan to Jean Dreze, from Prabhat Patnaik to Abhijit Banerji, their advice has fallen on deaf years.P. Chidambaram✔@PChidambaram_IN
The poor have been left to fend for themselves for 21+19 days, including practically soliciting food. There is money, there is food, but the government will not release either money or food.
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“The poor have been left to fend for themselves for 21+19 days, including practically soliciting food. There is money, there is food, but the government will not release either money or food,” Mr Chidambaram tweeted.
PM Modi addressed the nation shortly after India crossed the 10,000-mark in coronavirus cases. 339 people have died of the highly-contagious virus. The lockdown has put severe stress on businesses, with the World Bank predicting that India will see growth of just 1.5-2.8 per cent in its current financial year.
“After taking into account all suggestions, we have decided to extend the lockdown till May 3,” he said in his 25-minute address. “Till April 20, each district, each state will be monitored closely to see whether the lockdown is being followed. Then we can decide on relaxing the restrictions,” said the Prime Minister.
Shashi Tharoor, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, said while he supports the extension of the lockdown, PM Modi “should have also announced serious relief for those who cannot make ends meet”.
Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal said the capital will fully implement the lockdown measures. Delhi has the second-highest coronavirus cases in the country after Maharashtra.