New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday called the ongoing coronavirus pandemic crisis a ‘heavy blow’ on India’s ‘fragile economy,’ also taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to applaud doctors and medical professionals during Sunday’s ‘Janata Curfew.‘ Also Read - Unimaginable Pain For Next 6 Months: Rahul Gandhi Expresses Apprehension Over COVID-19, Economy | Watch
In his address to the nation on Thursday, the Prime Minister had urged the citizens to observe a nationwide ‘Janata Curfew’ from 7 AM to 9 PM on March 22, in what is being seen as a ‘mock drill’ to prepare the country for a longer lockdown in future, if required. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Targets Govt Over Coronavirus, Says 'Economy Will Be Destroyed If No Action Taken'
Additionally, he had requested the people to applaud, from their doorways or windows at 5 PM, all those working to contain the spread of the virus, ‘by clapping hands, beating plates or ringing out bells.’
It was with reference to this remark that the Congress leader today attacked PM Modi.
The former Congress national president today tweeted: “Coronavirus is a heavy blow on our fragile economy. Small and medium entrepreneurs and our daily wage workers are the most affected.”
“Clapping will not help them. What we need right now is cash relief and tax sops, besides relief in repayment of loans as part of a big economic package. Take immediate steps,” he further stated in the tweet.
Rahul has, in recent days, been a vocal critic of the Centre over the ongoing coronavirus scare and state of economy, even going to the extent of saying that a ‘Tsunami’ was coming and warning that the next six months are going to be very painful for the people of India.