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Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that clapping won’t help daily wage earners and small and medium businesses but acmassive economic package will. Gandhi’s comments come after PM Modi addressed the nation on Thursday calling for Janta Curfew to curb the spread of Coronavirus.Also read: Coronavirus: 79 positive cases recorded in single day on March 21 in India
PM Modi in his speech had said, “For the last 2 months, millions are working day and night in hospitals and airports and those serving others by not taking care of themselves. On 22 March, at 5'o clock, we should stand on our doorways, balconies, in our windows and keep clapping hands and ringing the bells for 5 minutes to salute and encourage them.”
Indirectly responding to PM Modi, Gandhi called Coronavirus a sledgehammer to India’s brittle economy. Gandhi wrote on Twitter, “Small & medium businesses & daily wage earners are the worst hit. Clapping won’t help them. Only a massive economic package that includes direct cash transfers, tax breaks & a moratorium on loan repayments, will.”