MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal on Friday to light lamps on Sunday night was criticised by Congress, but the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) was divided over the issue. NCP leader Jitendra Awhad criticised the PM, while another NCP MLA Rohit Pawar welcomed Modi’s appeal.
Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat said that while coronavirus epidemic is gripping the country, PM needs to get serious at least now.
“Is it the PM’s job to ask people to clap and light lamps?,” he asked. “The BJP just wants to create an event out of any issue,” he said.
“The country is going through a tough time as the number of coronavirus cases is increasing every day. During such times, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take some firm policy decisions,” he said.
“To combat the crisis, doctors, nurses, police, para-medical staff are all working by putting their lives at risk. The need of the hour is to stand firmly behind these people and give them the necessary help,” he said.
Instead of this, PM is turning the disaster into an event and PR stunts, Thorat said.
NCP leader Jitendra Awhad also criticised Modi. He said that the country is going through tough times and at such times, the prime minister has to talk about needy people and outline steps the government has taken to tackle the crisis but instead of that, the prime minister asked people to light lamps.
“The expectations from PM was that he should have announced some financial aid to State governments and also spoken about steps to revive the economy. Instead of that, he is speaking about events,” Awhad said.
“The homeless people are striving for their basic needs, and they should get help,” Awhad added.
ROHIT PAWAR LAUDS PM
Meanwhile, NCP MLA Rohit Pawar welcomed the prime minister’s appeal. “Modi may have an intention to unite the country against coronavirus by lighting the lamps. We have to appreciate this,” said Pawar.