New Delhi: Amid the increasing demand for an extension of the ongoing lockdown from the states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed an all-party meeting on Wednesday around 11 AM — which was the first such meeting after India went under a 21-day lockdown to battle the deadly spread of the novel coronavirus in India. The meeting is being held through video conferencing with the floor leaders of parties that have more than five members in Parliament. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0
According to reports, PM Modi will seek suggestions from party leaders on a future road map to tackle the ongoing crisis. A Group of Ministers recently proposed that the lockdown can be extended on educational and religious institutions for four weeks further. Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan are in favour of an extension or a phased withdrawal of the present lockdown. Also Read - On First Day of Last Week of Lockdown 4.0, India Reopens Its Skies; Highest Single-Day Spike of 6,977 Recorded | 10 Points
Trinamool had declined to attend the meeting earlier as the party said that its leaders demanded an all-party meeting a long time ago — during the Budget session. But the proposal was not heeded to at that time and now after the PM held a series of meeting with various personalities belonging to various fields, there is no point of an all-party meet, the Trinamool insiders said. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: State Govt Releases 2257 Convicts on Parole For 8 Weeks to Decongest jails
However, Sudip Bandyopadhyay was present in the video conference on Wednesday.