PM Modi calls Sonia Gandhi, ex-Presidents to discuss COVID-19
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday ringed ex=Presidents of India Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil, along with all senior leaders of the Opposition parties to discuss the COVID-19 situation in India, reported NDTV.
The other leaders he called included Congress's Sonia Gandhi, Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh Yadav, Trinamool chief and Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, Odisha's Naveen Patnaik, south leaders KCR, MK Stalin, and ally Parkash Singh Badal.
The phone call comes two weeks after PM Narendra Modi announced lockdown in the nation to break the chain of spreading coronavirus cases.
The move triggered huge criticism, with many pointing out that the Prime Minister had not taken the opposition or even the state Chief Minister - who have to implement the lockdown - on board.
Last week PM Modi and CMs of different states indulged in a video conference to discuss ways to lift lockdown while maintaining the safety of people.
He also spoke to entertainment and sports personalities and asked them to make people aware about the Dos and Don'ts during the lockdown.
Over the last 24 hours, the country recorded 472 cases of coronavirus, which took the total to 3,374. So far, 77 people have died in the country.