PM Narendra Modi discussing with state CMs through video conference on Monday

New Delhi: During their video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, except Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh, chief ministers of other states who spoke during the meeting have expressed their willingness to lift the COVID-19 lockdown after May 3.

The first among the chief ministers, who spoke during the video conference with Prime Minister, was Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma. In his speech, Sangma said that he wants to continue with the lockdown beyond May 3 with relaxation on activities in green zones or non-COVID affected districts in the state.

In his speech, Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga said that the state will follow whatever decision Centre takes in this regard.

In his Twitter message soon after attending the video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma said, “At the video conference called by the Hon’ble PM @narendramodiji and Hon’ble Home Minister, @AmitShahji. We have mooted to continue with the lockdown post May 3rd with relaxation on activities in Green Zones or Non-Covid affected districts in #Meghalaya. states have so far express willingness to lift the Covid-19 lockdown.”

Due to time constraints, only nine chief ministers were allowed to talk and the rest were asked to send their submissions to the Prime Minister’s Office as soon as possible. Chief ministers of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Puducherry, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Gujarat and Haryana were allowed to speak during the meeting.

In his Twitter, chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh said, “Thanks to decisive leadership of PM @narendramodi Ji in fight against #coronavirus. Doubling rate has slowed down to 9.1 days. PM’s regular review of corona situation has slowed infection rate to flatten the curve. Attending today PM’s interaction with CMs via video conferencing.”

Union home minister Amit Shah was also present at the meeting. PM Modi is also likely to address the nation for the fourth time by the end of this week. According to sources, PM Modi may announce a post-May 3 lockdown exit plan in his address.

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