On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked all the floor leaders of various political parties to join via video link. West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) was also invited. As per party sources, senior party leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay will be representing the TMC in interaction with PM Modi.
During the meeting, the ongoing crisis due to the outbreak of coronavirus will be discussed. The whole country is under lockdown to slow down the transmission of the deadly virus. Mr Bandyopadhyay who is the leader of the TMC in Lok Sabha will be interacting with the PM from Kolkata.
A senior party leader said, “The government reached out to us and it was genuine. Given the seriousness of the situation due to the spread of the contagion, it was considered and we decided that a representative of the party must be in on the interaction.”
Pralhad Joshi, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said the PM will have a discussion with the floor leaders of all those parties who have more than five MPs in both houses of Parliament on April 8 at 11 AM.
After the lockdown, this is for the first time the PM will have interaction with chief ministers. Yesterday, Bengal chief and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said seven COVID-19 hotspots have been identified and her government is working hard to break the cycle of transmission.
Today is the 15th day of lockdown that was declared on 25th March by the Prime Minister. West Bengal has recorded 69 positive cases of COVID-19 with 5 deaths. The death toll in the country has crossed 5000 today with 508 new registered cases in the last 24 hours. A total of 352 people were treated and cured. Among the total number of cases 66 are foreigners. All over the world the deadly virus has claimed 82,130 cases so far and the number of deaths are still rising in several countires.