What After May 17? : Sonia Gandhi Questions Centre

Publish On: 06 May, 2020 01:12 PM | Updated   |   Shivalik  

On Wednesday, Congress president Sonia Gandhi sought to know the criteria the Centre is using to judge how long lockdown will continue.

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During a meeting with chief ministers of the Congress-ruled states, she said “After May 17, what? And after, May 17 How? What criteria is the government using to judge how long the lockdown is to continue." 

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was also in attendance said, “We need to know what will happen after lockdown 3.0.” 

In the meeting with chief ministers of party-ruled states, Sonia Gandhi discussed the impact of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday and assessed the steps taken by them to contain the pandemic. Rahul Gandhi was also present at the meeting.

They also discussed the issue of migrant labourers and workers stranded at various places and steps taken by the states in bringing them back to their home towns. 

On Monday, Gandhi had announced that the state units of Congress party would pay for the train fares of migrant workers as they prepare to go back to their homes in different parts of the country. She also lashed out at the government for charging them for their travel by train.

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had previously criticised the central government for its “failure to put in place a humane policy” to send them back to their homes.

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As of Tuesday, the total number of coronavirus cases in India neared the 50,000 mark. The death toll of the nation also is past 1,600 fatalities.