Why People Are Comparing Modi and Kerala CM’s Lockdown Speeches

Meryl Sebastian
The difference in the way Modi and Pinarayi handled announcement of lockdowns

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on Tuesday night invited scrutiny after it made no mention of an economic package or relief measures for the marginalised in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Opposition parties questioned Modi and the central government on how it would provide food and others essentials to the poor, migrant labourers and daily wage workers as the lockdown cut off their livelihood for three weeks.

While BSP president Mayawati appealed to the centre and all state governments to provide essential commodities to the poor for free, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav asked the government to take action on the rising prices of essential commodities like milk, grains, vegetables and fruits and medicines.

But several people also drew comparisons between Modi’s lockdown speech and the one made by Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the money devoted to relief measures by both.

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