Continuing with his engagements with key stakeholders over the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to hold an interaction with floor leaders of key political parties on Wednesday to discuss the pandemic. This is the first time that Prime Minister will engage with parliamentarians of all political parties over the issue.
Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi on Saturday informed that Modi would be holding a video interaction with floor leaders of all political parties whose combined strength of both the Houses (Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha) is over 5 lawmakers. The video interaction will be held at 11 AM on 8 April.
The recently concluded budget session of Parliament was cut short and adjourned sine die on 23 March over growing spread of the coronavirus pandemic nearly a fortnight ahead of its original schedule. Opposition party leaders particularly those of Congress, Trinamool Congress, Left Parties among others had been demanding that Modi should address the Parliament over the issue.
Over the last fortnight, Modi has held two rounds of meetings with chief ministers over the pandemic – one on Thursday and another on 20 March. Floor leaders in the meeting with Modi on Wednesday are likely to flag issues in their states as well as seek out for financial help and resources from the union government.
As of Saturday morning, India has registered 2902 confirmed cases of covid-19 out of which 2650 are active and 68 have died. Maharashtra has been the worst affected state with 423 cases out of which 362 are active and 19 have died.