Lockdown have got back diminishing returns, Centre has no exit strategy: Sonia Gandhi

Gandhi addresses first virtual meeting of opposition parties

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi. File photo

New Delhi, May 22: Congress President Sonia Gandhi said on Friday that successive lockdowns to stop the spread of coronavirus have yielded diminishing results.

Gandhi, who addressed her first virtual opposition meet, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initial optimism that the war against the virus would conclude in 21 days was misplaced. She also accused the central government of having no exit strategy from the lockdown first called on March 25. Lockdown has since been extended thrice—the latest on May 17 until May 31.   

 “The Prime Minister’s  announcement  on May 12 of a grand Rs 20 lakh crore package, and  the Finance Minister spelling out its details over the next five days, have turned out to be a cruel joke on the country,” Gandhi said.

Opposition parties also passed joint resolution demanding Amphan cyclone to be declared a national calamity.