Former Andra Pradesh (AP) chief minister (CM) N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday (14 April) lined up praises for Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi for resolving to take "bold and statesman-like decision" to extend the nationwide lockdown, reports Times of India.
A former ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the PM Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Naidu also held a conversation with PM Modi on Tuesday morning in which the two leaders discussed the nation's path forward in the fight against COVID-19.
"I told the PM that under his efficient leadership, right decision was made on lockdown-1. That helped India stand at the forefront of the battle against the virus. Many other countries are facing problems. You are building national consensus in the right spirit. Now, testing should be increased and people should be prepared for the future struggle." Naidu was quoted as saying.
Naidu underscored that had PM Modi not have imposed the lockdown, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India would have gone up to eight lakh as per a forecast, while the same has been contained to over 10,000 as of now.
It should be noted that the lockdown has now been extended till 3 May, though relaxations will be allowed starting 20 April at places that would not have COVID-19 hotspots.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.