Stimulus package a ‘cruel joke’, says oppn
Uddhav: Maha govt, Centre cooperating to tackle Covid-19
New Delhi: Accusing the Modi government of “failure” in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic and indulging in “meaningless grand announcements”, the opposition on Friday termed the Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package as a “cruel joke on the country” and demanded the Centre come out with a revised stimulus that would stimulate demand.
The opposition meeting convened by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi warned that the post-Covid economic crisis could be catastrophic. It also accused the Centre of “unabashedly” usurping the powers of states in the name of fighting the pandemic. The 22 “likeminded” parties also decided to form a committee to chalk out the protest plan for future.
After a marathon meeting, the parties issued an 11-point charter of demands to the Centre, prominent being payment of a monthly amount of Rs 7,500 for six months to families outside the income tax bracket, distribution of 10kg of foodgrains for a similar period to needy families and “reversal of all unilateral policy decisions, particularly the annulment of labour laws”.
The gathering also asked the Centre to release substantial funds to the states, urgently restore “parliamentary functioning and oversight” and to spell out if it had an exit strategy from the lockdown.
The high-powered deliberations included Rahul Gandhi, chief ministers Uddhav Thackeray, Hemant Soren, Mamata Banerjee and regional satraps like Sharad Pawar, DMK president MK Stalin, Tejashwi Yadav of RJD, NC’s Omar Abdullah and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury.
Meanwhile, BJP on Friday accused opposition parties of doing “politics of negativism” at a time when the country was battling the cor
had good levels of cooperation with the Centre in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and this was needed as states and the central government together had to combat the disease, chief minister
told a meeting of opposition parties on Friday. Thackeray, who participated in a meeting called by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, said the next 15 days would be crucial in deciding the course of the disease. He explained steps taken to counter the spread of the pandemic and the measures that have been found effective, Shiv Sena sources said.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar said several nonBJP governed states were not giving permission to ply trains to evacuate migrant labourers, who were being forced to march on foot.
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