UPA PM never met CMs, Modi held 6 meetings amid corona crisis: Nadda

New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) BJP national President JP Nadda on Tuesday said that during the earlier UPA rule, the then PM (Manmohan Singh) never met with Chief Ministers or held meetings with them but present Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held six meetings with the political heads of the states and taken suggestions amid the coronavirus crisis.

Addressing an election rally in Assam through videoconference, Nadda said that the Rs 20 lakh crore ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat' package announced by Modi held the potential to change the face and destiny of India.

He said that the reforms-oriented package had allocated funds for the MSMEs, agriculture and other sectors and advocated ‘vocal for local'.

The BJP chief said that Modi took along various states as well as people in the nation's fight against the coronavirus crisis.

Listing out the central government's achievements in its fight against coronavirus, Nadda said that there was no dedicated hospital to treat corona patients when the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 24-25 midnight.

Now there were 1,000 such hospitals, 2 lakh dedicated beds, and 21,000 ventilators, he said. Nadda said that 60,000 ventilators were set to be added in this very month.

“When the lockdown was imposed there was no manufacturing of Personal Protection Equipment. Now, the country is manufacturing 4.5 lakh PPE every day.”

Nadda said that Modi had done in six years the works that had been lingering for the past six decades, adding that the government's first year in its second stint was full of achievements.

The BJP chief said that he was happy that the party had digitally connected to the voters amid the pandemic, adding that the party had held a total of 36 virtual rallies, including the instant one in which 30 lakh people were reached.

He also praised Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal on the distribution of free ration to the beneficiaries amid the coronavirus crisis.



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