The News Scroll 16 March 2020  Last Updated at 7:06 pm | Source: IANS

All-party meet needed on Covid-19, says Congress

All-party meet needed on Covid-19, says Congress
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All-party meet needed on Covid-19, says Congress

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) The Congress on Monday said the Central government should call an all-party meeting on the coronavirus situation and also look into the "partial functioning" of Parliament.

"This should be decided in the all-party meeting if there is any merit in adjourning Parliament and/ or partial functioning. There should be no allegation and counter allegation," Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.

Taking a jibe at the BJP over the current political situation, he said "the coronavirus issue has taken a back seat while poaching in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh has occupied the front seat".

Two Congress leaders had earlier said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should talk to the Chief Ministers and Health Ministers of all the states on the coronavirus situation. At least 114 people have so far tested positive for the novel coronavirus or Covid-19.

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram said: "The states are taking strict measures and Prime Minister should hold video conferencing with the CMs."

The former finance minister alleged that the government is not doing much on coronavirus.

Another senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said: "The government should talk to the health ministers of the state and the Union Home Minister has the prime responsibility for taking measures against the pandemic."

The Congress on Friday had demanded that Prime Minister Modi should head the committee on Covid-19, which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Congress alleged that "the Prime Minister was securing himself by not attending the Parliament and by not going for public functions".

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that Modi should assure the country about the way the pandemic is being handled.

--IANS

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