Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of the economic package to deal with the COVID-19 crisis as a "cruel joke on the country" as 22 opposition parties accused the Central Government of "unabashedly usurping" powers of states and abandoning any pretence of being democratic. Besides Congress chief, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC head Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Jharkhand Chief Minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and DMK leader M K Stalin were those who attended the meeting. During the meeting, held via video conference, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said there would be economic devastation if the poor were not helped urgently with cash and free rations. The opposition parties also issued a joint statement, saying that the Centre has failed in discharging its responsibilities in a timely, effective and sensitive manner during the pandemic. "They did nothing for migrant workers except the mother-daughter duo making some grand announcements.
Source: dna May 22, 2020 18:33 UTC