SunstarTV Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins all-party meeting of various political parties from both Houses of Parliament to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country, today.
Floor leaders of all parties from the Lok Sabha as well as the Rajya Sabha have begun the virtual meeting, which include Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi from 10.30am onwards.
This is the second all-party meeting called by the government to discuss the Covid-19 situation since the outbreak of the pandemic.The first meeting was held on April 20 amid a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The floor leaders of different parties who are attending the meeting include Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Lok Sabha) and Ghulam Nabi Azad (Rajya Sabha) of the Congress, Sudip Bandyopadhyay (Lok Sabha) and Derek O’ Brien (Rajya Sabha) of the Trinamool Congress, Midhun Reddy (Lok Sabha) and Vijayasai Reddy (Rajya Sabha) of the YSR Congress Party.
The government is expected to brief the leaders about steps need to be taken to deal with the pandemic and the progress made in vaccine development and distribution.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted about the meeting, hoping that the PM will also clarify by when every Indian will be given Covid-19 vaccine. “In today’s all-party meeting, we hope the PM clarifies by when will every Indian get free Covid vaccine,” he wrote.