Modi speaks to former Presidents, PMs

Modi speaks to former Presidents, PMs

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 5

Expanding his outreach to political leadership in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to two former Presidents, two former Prime Ministers and several party chiefs, to discuss the situation arising due to Covid-19.

While details of his conversation were not made public, official sources said, the PM talked to former Presidents Ms Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee and his predecessors Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda.

On his part, Deve Gowda in his tweets mentioned that PM Modi called him to discuss the situation and sought his support while praising his administrative experience. “I have assured him of my support in our nation’s fight against the pandemic. Thousands of people are dying across the world due to Covid-19. The coming weeks are crucial for India in our fight against the virus. As a former Prime Minister, I agreed to cooperate in the fight...”

The former PM also said while there is an immediate need to increase testing, during the time of crisis care must be taken to see there is no disruption in farming activities. He also asked the PM to look into the problems being faced by daily-wage earners who are not able to afford even essentials for survival.

The PM also made calls to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Shiromani Akali Dal patriarch Parkash Singh Badal, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh and party chief Akhilesh Yadav, TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik, Telengana Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrasekhara Rao and DMK president MK Stalin.

The move comes ahead of the invitation by the government to parliamentary party leaders for a virtual meeting on April 8, which the Trinamool Congress is planning to stay away from.

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