New Delhi: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a video conference with heads of government of SAARC member states to devise a joint strategy to tackle the spread of novel coronavirus, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday remarked that the government was still ‘not doing enough’ and called for talks between the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers of states. Also Read - Coronavirus: PM Modi Proposes COVID-19 Emergency Fund to SAARC Leaders, Total Cases in India Touch 107, Over 6000 Dead Globally
Notably, PM Modi had, last week, requested leaders of SAARC member states to participate in a video conference with him to formulate a joint strategy to fight COVID-19. Within hours, most of the leaders responded positively to the PM’s request and talks took place on Sunday, as scheduled. Also Read - 'Churlish Approach', India Hits Back at Pakistan After it Rakes up Kashmir Issue During SAARC Video Conference
Today, speaking to news agency ANI, Chidambaram said, “The government is not doing enough to combat coronavirus. I’ve no quarrel if the PM wants to call a meeting of SAARC or G-20. States are taking bold measures whereas the Centre is very diffident and seems to be behind the curve.” Also Read - SAARC Video Conference on Coronavirus: Pakistan Raises Kashmir Issue, Says ‘Restrictions Must be Lifted’
“There should be a video conference between the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers,” the former Union Finance Minister further said.
Earlier today, in a series of tweets, Chidambaram, in a series of tweets, had also accused the ruling BJP of manufacturing crisis in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, at a time when India was already facing various crises like economy, coronavirus, failures of bank etc.
India has thus far recorded 110 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Two deaths have also been recorded-the first from Kalaburagi in Karnataka and the second from Delhi, both from last week.