Hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi this morning praised those on the forefront in fight against the coronavirus pandemic – doctors, sanitation workers, policemen – in a video message and urged people to follow the lockdown and social distancing norms.
“What can be more patriotic that all of us fighting the pandemic together. Our coronavirus warriors are fighting this war despite lack of basic safety gear. Doctors, health workers and volunteers are treating patients despite lack of protection kits,” Ms Gandhi said, urging people to “follow the lockdown and adhere to the social distancing norms”.
“Policemen and jawans are on duty to ensure a successful lockdown. Sanitation workers – despite lack of resources – are helping in containing the spread of the illness. Government officials too are working hard to ensure essential services. But if we don’t support them, they won’t be able to do their jobs. Reports have been coming of harassment of doctors. This is wrong, against our culture. We have to support them in this fight.”
कांग्रेस अध्यक्षा श्रीमती सोनिया गांधी का देश के नाम संदेश:-
कोरोना संकट में डॉक्टर्स, सफाईकर्मियों, पुलिस सहित सरकारी अधिकारियों के डटे रहने से बड़ी “देशभक्ति” कोई नहीं है। हम एकता, अनुशासन और आत्मबल के भाव से कोरोना को परास्त करेंगे। धैर्य एवं संयम के लिए देशवासियों का धन्यवाद। pic.twitter.com/Sl4zkKURTv
— Congress (@INCIndia) April 14, 2020
“Many of you are fighting this war at an individual level by distributing sanitisers, ration. All of you deserve to be praised. All Congress workers are with you in this fight, whether we are in opposition or ruling a state,” she said at the end of nearly five-minute long video message.
PM Modi will address the nation at 10 am as the coronavirus lockdown, which began on March 25, ends today. On Saturday, he had indicated an extension of the nationwide shutdown after a video conference with 13 chief ministers.
Last week, Ms Gandhi had said that the “lockdown is going to put a lot of burden on our economy”. “The economy was already in crisis – and now it seems that difficulties will increase. We have to be ready for it,” she had said on Friday.
Yesterday, she wrote to PM Modi and asked him to ensure that “no one faces hunger” because of the strict curbs across the nation to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Across India, more than 9,000 people have coronavirus, at least 300 people have died to the highly contagious illness.