New Delhi: Soon after meeting all political party leaders to discuss the coronavirus lockdown matter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a series of Tweet said that some people are running a campaign that all should stand for 5 minutes to honour him. Saying that it looks like a mischief, he urged all not to drag him into controversies. Also Read - ‘Not Possible to Withdraw Lockdown in One go on April 14,’ Says PM Modi at All-party Meet
“It has been brought to my attention that some people are running a campaign that to honour PM Modi stand for 5 minutes. At first glance, it seems like a mischief to drag Modi into controversies,” he said in a series of tweets. Also Read - I Asked Him if He Would Release Hydroxychloroquine; He Was Really Good, Says Donald Trump on Modi
He said some people might be doing it out of good will, but the need of the hour is to take the responsibility of a poor family, at least as long as the coronavirus crisis exists. He said there can be no greater honour for him than this.
“Maybe someone is doing out of goodwill, yet I insist that if you really have so much love and want to honour PM Modi, then take the responsibility of a poor family, at least as long as the coronavirus crisis exists. There can be no greater honour for me than this,” he said.
As the death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 149 and the number of cases climbed to 5,194 in the country, PM Modi earlier in the day interacted with all political party leaders and discussed the lockdown situation.
During an interaction with floor leaders of various political parties, PM Modi said the situation in the country is akin to a ‘social emergency’ which has necessitated tough decisions.
He also said that states, district administrations and experts have suggested extension of the lockdown to contain the spread of the virus.
“The situation in the country is akin to a social emergency, it has necessitated tough decisions and we must continue to remain vigilant,” PM Modi said.
In the meeting, the political leaders provided feedback, suggested policy measures, discussed the 21-day lockdown and the way forward.
Meanwhile, PM Modi will interact with chief ministers of all states on April 11 again to discuss various issues related to the coronavirus outbreak including the lockdown. This is for the second time that PM Modi will interact with the chief ministers via video link.