New Delhi: Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the country’s citizens to light diyas and candles on Sunday as a sign of solidarity against Covid-19, many Congress leaders reacted strongly to the appeal and criticised him for not addressing the burning issues of the nation.Also Read - 'Get Real, Photo-Op PM', Opposition Comes Down Heavily on Modi Over 'Light Diyas' Appeal
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal too reiterated the same and said that the PM’s message lacked any substance related to containing the disease or protect the medical practitioners and others.
“Modiji, Learnt nothing about government’s steps to- 1) contain the virus, 2) protect our medical practitioners, 3) provide testing kits, 4) reach food and supplies to the poor, 5) finance migrant labour, the jobless.Light the ‘ Diya ‘ of reason, Not that of superstition !” Sibal tweeted.
Meanwhile, MP Shashi Tharoor also shared a tweet stating that it lacked measures “to ease people’s pain, their burdens, their financial anxieties.”
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister had urged people to gather together for a unique exercise on April 5 at 9 pm to show they were together in the fight against coronavirus.
“On this Sunday, April 5, we will challenge the darkness of coronavirus threat together. On April 5, at 9 pm, I need your 9 minutes. At 9 pm, turn off all the lights in your houses and light a Diya, candle, torch or flashlight for 9 minutes at your doors, or balcony,” Modi said.