COVID-19: PM Modi calls up former PMs, Presidents and top leaders

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The talks are said to be part of wider consultations being made by the Prime Minister with leaders of all sections on the modalities for lifting the lockdown. 

Continuing consultations on the modalities of lifting the lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to former presidents, prime ministers and leaders of opposition parties across the country.
 

The leaders, whom  Modi called included Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, Prathibha Patil, Dr Manmohan Singh, HD Devewoda, Sonia Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik, M K Stalin etc.

The exercise came in the light of criticism triggered by the government’s unilateral decision to declare the lockdown in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus, which has claimed over 75 lives in the country so far.

Quoting sources, NDTV said that the Prime Minister's outreach was part of the wider consultations being held on the modalities of lifting the lockdown, whenever that happens. Last week, the matter was discussed at a video-conference between the Prime Minister and various chief ministers.

Early this week, the Prime Minister had held similar talks with various public personalities including cricketers and artistes to underscore the dos and don'ts to control the spread of the virus so the message reaches the people.

Over the last 24 hours, the country recorded 472 cases of coronavirus, which took the total to 3,374. So far, 77 people have died in the country.

Tonight, millions across India are expected to light diyas for nine minutes in response to the Prime Minister's call to fight the "darkness of coronavirus pandemic".

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