NEW DELHI :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told parliamentarians of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that the ongoing budget session would continue till 3 April and the session would not be curtailed because of the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak.
Addressing the BJP parliamentary party meeting in Parliament, Modi said members of Parliament (MPs) were representatives of 1.3 billion people and expressed his disappointment over letters by some MPs seeking to curtail the budget session. “In the meeting today, PM appreciated the efforts of doctors, nurses and those working at seaports and airports. He also appreciated electronic and print media for its role in spreading awareness about Covid-19," parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters after the meeting.
Over the past two days, MPs have demanded that the ongoing session be curtailed because of the Covid-19 epidemic. Modi told party MPs that once the budget session ends on 3 April, BJP MPs should visit their constituencies and make efforts to spread awareness about the disease.
“PM said that the Parliament will run till 3 April. He asked the MPs to visit their constituencies to make people aware about coronavirus," Joshi said. Modi also said that while spreading awareness among the people, BJP leaders should move in small groups and suggested that they should refrain from launching any mass agitation till 15 April.
Modi further said that MPs should be seen doing their work, including efforts to deal with coronavirus.
This is the first time when Modi has issued a direction to BJP parliamentarians to start a mass awareness programme to help people know more about the coronavirus threat. However, some parliamentarians continued to ask the Union government to think about curtailing the ongoing budget session . “We all are continuing with our work but a large number of people gather here (at Parliament)...I think it is worth giving a thought to this matter," said Hema Malini, actor turned politician and BJP MP in Lok Sabha.
PTI contributed to this story