New Delhi: A day after holding talks with Chief Ministers of states, Union Territories (UTs), Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. If reports are to be believed, the duo reportedly held a detailed discussion on extension coronavirus lockdown. Notably, the fourth phase of lockdown, which was announced on May 17, will end on May 31. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: Sharad Pawar Again Sides With Modi, Defends PM's Visit to Leh
Earlier in the day, prior to the meeting of PM Modi and Amit Shah, Goa CM Pramod Sawant had said that lockdown should be extended for 15 more days. Also Read - Kerala Gold Smuggling Case: In Letter to PM, Congress Leader Calls For CBI Probe
“Lockdown must be extended for 15 more days, it is needed, as the graph of COVID-19 is rising. I spoke to HM Shah on phone and I feel lockdown may be extended for 15 more days. However, we demand that there should be some relaxations – restaurants should be allowed with social distancing at 50 per cent capacity. Many people also want gyms to resume”, ANI quoted Pramod Sawant as saying. Also Read - PM Modi Meets President Kovind, Briefs Him on Issues of 'National And International' Importance
Yesterday, Shah spoke to all chief ministers and reportedly sought their views on extension of the ongoing nationwide lockdown beyond May 31. The telephonic conversations of the home minister came just three days before the end of the fourth phase of the lockdown.
During his talks with the chief ministers, Shah sought to know the areas of concern of the states and the sectors they want to open up further from June 1, a home ministry official said.
This was for the first time that the home minister spoke to the chief ministers individually before the end of another phase of the lockdown. Till now, it was Prime Minister Modi who had interacted with all chief ministers through video conference before extension of each phase of the coronavirus-induced lockdown and sought their views. However, Shah was present in all the conferences of chief ministers along with the prime minister.
Details of the views of the chief ministers were not known immediately but it is understood that majority of them wanted the lockdown to continue in some form but also opening up of the economic activities and gradual return of the normal life, another official said.
The nationwide curbs was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 for 21 days in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. It was first extended till May 3 and then again till May 17. The lockdown was further extended for the third time till May 31.