Lockdown extension likely as PM Modi talks of ‘national emergency’
NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday made it virtually clear that the three-week countrywide lockdown will be extended beyond April 14, and said the outbreak of the pandemic had created a national emergency which may require more tough measures to enforce social distancing.
“I have been talking to chief ministers and the feedback from them and the district magistrates who are being consulted is unanimous that lifting the lockdown all at once is not advisable. I will talk to CMs again. But the sense as of now is clear that lifting the lockdown is not going to be possible. We have to take tough measures to enforce social distancing,” the PM was heard saying in a leaked audio clip of his comments at an interaction through video link with representatives of political parties. The PMO took strong exception to the leak, a first, of the clip but did not dispute the veracity of Modi’s purported comments where he said the situation in the country was similar to “national emergency”.
PM Modi said, “We are passing through a situation which is like that of national emergency and whichhas forced us to take unprecedented measures from time to time. Your response to such measures has been positive in keeping with requirements of national interest. We have to take more tough measures”
Speaking against the backdrop of a debate over the tradeoff between containing the disease and bearing the economic costs of a lockdown, the PM said saving lives was top priority.
He also said international experts and global experience didn’t favour lifting of the lockdown. Significantly, the PM noted that leaders of all political parties had also spoken against removal of the curbs. “As you all have suggested, lifting of the lockdown is not advisable. The removal of restraints has to be sequenced and there cannot be one single exit plan,” he said.
The opposition leaders left it to the go nment to decide on extending the lockdown even as they called for mitigating strategies to address hardships due to the measures.
The PM’s remarks came as some states strongly indicated that curbs will stay. Kerala has announced a detailed plan that includes not restoring mass transport links with other parts of the country. Goa announced that the lockdown will continue but later stated that the decision will be taken in coordination with the Centre.
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We have elected an honest Prime minister and we respect and honour your decision sir what ever it may be . Any decision will be taken after considering alll factor . We stand with you
Absolutely the right thing to do. Modi's leadership during the pandemic will be in history books long after.
Pravin Manikchand Mathuria
Economy Recovery is possible not life. Extension of lock down is quite Understanding on current scenario
In this emergency more tough measures are required--TRUE. We were in poor economic situation now COVID will enhance it.
I fully support modi ji's plan though i dont support BJP but in this scenario we have to be united to fight against an unseen enemy
No matter how much u lockdown the cases will go up because u r not testing everyone ..... Anyone could b asymptomatic ... who know who is carrying t virus.
Hunger will kill the poor before coronavirus.
Sir please lockdown for 8 months. We would love to experience the kashmir lockdown. aa. LOL
PM will think in nation's best interest, international expert opinions are considered,each and every state CM opinion is taken into account ,opposition is also involved so all in all whatever decision will be taken will be good
Faisal MohdUmar Memon
Atleaat 2more weeks is needed.
Now he can't handle this problem, I guarantee.
Millions of India will die most likely either by corona virus or by mass starvation and poverty.
Nothing can stop this . The entire system will get crumbled and 20 to 30 crore people will die .
We are lucky to have the able leader as PM at this critical time. Just imagine if there were Rahul or any other in his place...
IT IS TIME TO GIVE 5000 RUPEES PER MONTH PLUS FOOD TO ALL BPL AND POOR FAMILIES IN ALL STATES ALL OVER INDIA. SELL 50% OF FOREIGN RESERVES AND INVEST OVER 15 LAKH CRORE FOR OURSELVES. GIVE FREE HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION TOO. JAI HIND.
Modi ji wont travel to any foreign nation till the next election. Thanks to Corona.
Feku has wasted precious two months to contain the corona virus. At this critical juncture, Feku should be hanged immediately, and then the interim PM should place this country on a war footing to fight this pandemic.
If Khangress was in power, lakhs would have already died in India. Thanks to Modi. He is a wise man.
It was idiot trump who brought coronavirus to india kemcho
Modiji's leadership during pandemic will be in the history books.
Hmm. As a failure.
Subba Iyer Mani
Who gave permission to go ahead with the tablighi event ?? Perhaps denying permission to hold this event would have resulted in less spread of the coronavirus.
The decision by the PM to lockdown the country is an extremely good one to save the lives of many people. India is lucky to have a PM like Modi who has proven himself to be great leader. Also, try to avoid eating unhygienic meat which could help mutate the virus. It is good that the a good percentage of people in India are vegetarians.
K V V
continue for another one month
No Comment, I have faith in PM