New Delhi: Hitting back at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his ‘lockdown is not a solution’ remarks, Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday asserted that the Congress-ruled states like Rajasthan, Punjab were among the first to impose lockdown in the country. Also Read - Mohena Kumari Singh Opens up on Her Battle With COVID-19, Says 'It Was More of Mental Pressure Than Physical'

“The first state to announce a lockdown was Punjab followed by Rajasthan, and now Maharashtra and Punjab were the first ones to extend the lockdown till 31st May, even before the meeting of chief ministers with the Prime Minister”, said Prasad. Also Read - Coronavirus: Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi Tests Positive, Says Will Continue to Work From Home

He also took potshots on the Wayanad MP saying ‘Rahul Gandhi ji, you say lockdown is not the solution, then don’t you explain this to your chief ministers?’ Upping the ante against Gandhi, furthermore, he asked, “Don’t  your CMs listen to you, or they don’t give your opinions any weightage?” Also Read - In Bengaluru, COVID Patient's Body Lays on Road For 4 Hours; 'Communication Gap,' Says BBMP

Earlier on Tuesday, Gandhi had said that the four phases of nationwide lockdown have “failed” and not given the results that Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected.

Addressing a press conference, he had asked the central government to clarify its strategy as far as opening up of India is concerned and how it intends to support migrants and states. He also criticised the Rs 20 lakh crore package as said that doling out money to the poor doesn’t send across a good message about India internationally.