Clapping won’t help, huge economic package required: Rahul

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a gathering at a public meeting organised ahead of the February 8 Delhi Assembly elections, at Delhi’s Kondli on Feb 5, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Describing the coronavirus crisis in the country as a huge blow to the economy, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi slammed the Modi government over its preparations to combat the pandemic, saying “clapping” would not help as a huge economic package is needed to help the people.

In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi said, “Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on our fragile economy. Small, medium businessmen and daily wage workers are the worst affected. Clapping won’t help them. Today, a huge economic package is needed such as cash help, tax breaks and debt repayment. Take quick steps.”

The Prime Minister has appealed to the people to “clap” as a mark of gratitude towards the health workers.

Modi, during his special address to the nation on Thursday said people must come at their balconies or outside their doors at 5 p.m. on Sunday during the ‘Janata curfew’ from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and clap their hands or sound utensils for five minutes to thank those at the forefront of combating Covid-19.

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