PM Modi interacts with residents of Varanasi via video-conferencing
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Mahabharata battle was won in 18 days while the war against coronavirus will take 21 days. He was interacting with the citizens of Varanasi via video conferencing on Wednesday.
“Mahabharat war was won in 18 days, this war the whole country is fighting against #corona will take 21 days. Our aim is to win this war in 21 days,” said PM Modi.
In his first public engagement after the announcement of the lockdown, the Prime Minister expressed gratitude towards people for taking out time for the interaction.
“Today is the first day of Navratri, you all must be busy in performing rituals and offering prayers, but still you took out time for this interaction, I’m grateful to all of you. I pray to Goddess Shailputri to give us the strength in the country’s fight against coronavirus,” said PM Modi. He said that Corona can be countered with ‘karuna’ (empathy).
“As the MP of Varanasi, I should have been amongst you in times like these. But you are aware of the things that are going on in Delhi. Despite being busy here, I have been taking regular updates on Varanasi from my colleagues,” he said.
He also requested people to not believe in rumours and said,” At times, people don’t pay attention to things which are important. The same is happening in India. I request people to understand the facts and not believe in rumours. COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate between the rich and the poor. It will not spare anyone just because they perform yoga or exercise daily.”
He also expressed “pain” at people targeting doctors, nurses and other staff handling coronavirus patients.
“In this hour of crisis, those in white coats are a form of God. Today they are saving lives, putting their own lives in danger,” the Prime Minister said, responding to a doctor who said she felt upset at health workers being ostracized.
“The doctors, rescue workers who went to Wuhan, Air India and other staff that have helped in ops to get back Indians from various parts of the world… these are our true heroes. We must help them. When I heard reports of them being harassed, I have taken it very seriously. It is a very grave issue for me. I have already told all state DGPs (police chiefs) to take the most strict action against those harassing them,” said the PM.