Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lashed out at MPs who suggested to suspend Parliament because of the coronavirus outbreak and said they should not be seen as abandoning their responsibility as people’s representatives when so many others were serving to the call of duty at great risk to themselves.
Modi on MPs
PM Modi speaking on the developing ideas that Parliament should go into a break to help MPs avoid the virus. He had said, “What I have been hearing is not right. MPs should be seen to be in the front of the fight against the pandemic.”
“We should think of the crew members of IAF and Air India who are evacuating Indians from countries hit by the epidemic, of the doctors and nurses who are treating patients, of the leaders who are handling the baggage of the evacuated ..police. What if they also decide to take a break at this time?” the PM was quoted as saying by BJP MPs.
Responsibilities of MPs
He also made it clear that the ongoing Budget session scheduled until April 3 will not be diminished. “We are representatives of the 130 crore people of the country,” he said.
The PM also praised the role of electronic and print media in spreading awareness about Covid-19, parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said.
The 69-year-old further asked party MPs to visit their constituencies to spread awareness about coronavirus and ways to prevent it. Party MPs were allowed into the meeting venue at the Parliament library building after undergoing thermal screening.