Modi holds all party meeting on coronavirus

Staff Correspondent | Published: 12:55, Apr 08,2020 | Updated: 14:26, Apr 08,2020


Indian prime minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting with floor leaders of parties in parliament via video conferencing on Wednesday. -- Times of India photo

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday interacted with floor leaders of various parties, including the opposition, in parliament to discuss the situation arising out of the spread of coronavirus, reports Times of India.

Those who participated in the interaction through videoconferencing included Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha, and Nationalist Congress Party head Sharad Pawar.

Modi interacted with leaders of those parties whose combined strength of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adds up to five or more.

It is Modi’s first interaction with floor leaders, including those from the opposition, after the imposition of the nationwide lockdown on March 25.

He also interacted with various stakeholders, including doctors, journalists and heads of Indian missions to get a feedback on ways to check the spread of coronavirus.

He also recently spoke to various leaders including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, TMC leader Mamata Banerjee, DMK leader MK Stalin and discussed the COVID-19 situation as well as his government's efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic.

He had also talked to former presidents Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee, and former prime ministers HD Deve Gowda and Manmohan Singh.

Death toll in India has risen to 165 and the number of cases has crossed 5,000.

Fifty-one new Coronavirus positive cases have been reported in Delhi on the day.

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