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'May Sense Prevail Upon the PM': Former Karnataka CM Slams Modi's Call for 9pm Candle Lighting

'May Sense Prevail Upon the PM': Former Karnataka CM Slams Modi's Call for 9pm Candle Lighting

Bengaluru: Former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy alleged on Sunday Prime Minister Narendra Modis appeal for lighting lamps in the context of the fight against the coronavirus was a "hidden agenda" of the BJP and challenged him to offer a credible scientific and rational explanation for his call.

"Has the PM slyly asked the nation to observe a candlelight vigil on the eve of foundation day of BJP? April 6 being its foundation day, what else can explain the choice of date & time for this event? I challenge the PM to offer a credible scientific and rational explanation," the Janata Dal (Secular) leader tweeted.

"It is shameful to convert the national crisis into an event of self-aggrandisement & it is beyond shameful to push the hidden agenda of his party in the face of global calamity. May sense prevail upon the PM," Kumaraswamy said.

The government, he alleged, is yet to provide personal protective equipment (PPEs) for doctors and make test kits affordable for the common man.

Without telling the nation what concrete steps are being taken to combat COVID-19 menace, the Prime Minister is giving meaningless tasks to an already exhausted population, the son of former Prime Minister and JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda claimed.

The Prime Minister on Friday urged people to switch off lights at their homes and light up lamps, candles and hold mobile phone torches for nine minutes from 9 pm on Sunday to display the country's "collective resolve" to defeat the coronavirus.