Karnataka backs PM Modi's 21-day lockdown against coronavirus

Bengaluru, Mar 25 (IANS): Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision on 21-day lockdown across the country from Wednesday as need of the hour to fight coronavirus, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Tuesday said the state government would ensure its enforcement.

"Modi's clarion call to the people to stay at home for 21 days from March 24 to April 14 is to protect their life from the Coronavirus pandemic," said Yediyurappa in a statement after the Prime Minister's nationwide address in Hindi on the reasons for the unprecedented three-week lockdown.

Noting that Modi had no alternative to protect the people from the COVID-19 spread, Yediyurappa said the failure of many advanced nations in tackling the dreadful communicable diseases forced him to resort to such a long clampdown for minimizing its collateral damage.

"As Chief Minister, I assure the 6.5-crore Kannadigas, especially the poor to maintain the supply of all essential commodities for living and healthcare to contain the infection," asserted Yediyurappa.

Admitting that it would be a challenge for the people to remain indoors for such a long period, as the state has been under partial and complete lockdown since March 14 till March 31, the Chief Minister urged the people abide by Modi's diktat and not risk their life.

"I assure the people that, our government will take care of them during this hour of crisis," added Yediyurappa.

The Chief Minister also warned hoarders and black-marketers of stringent action if they exploited the situation and the people's desperation to create shortage of daily needs and fuel their prices.




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  • William Rodrigues, Milagres, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Forget about exams, if someone wants to be alive the only alternative is to be inside four walls of his/ her house. PM Modi has been advised by Medical experts, that is to kill the virus by this lockdown. There no other alternative. If something goes we will blame the government but PM has firmly given the clear message. Or else he might have to go for some other plan to keep people inside. Take care. Be safe. God bless our nation.

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  • mohan, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Lock down is good.. for the safety of public....but there must be planning ....students examinations...10th 12th and degrees.....
    Exams must start as earliest before virus spreading all over places....
    Modis any lockdown cannot stop spreading virus ... ut spreads like rocket....... and it wont reduce as people predicted....it will remain in air to humans to animals to birds..
    It cannot be eliminated fir at least 2 to 3 years...

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  • Vinish, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Dear Daijiworld, The local vendors have started inflating the prices of vegetables. I request you to bring this to the notice of concerned authorities..this is mere exploitation of situation...the common man suffers

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  • VM, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    While I appreciate the decision of the government to impose a lockdown for 21 days, I would request them to do something for the daily wage and low income group people who will be under the money lenders grip for a long time to come.
    If not the government the companies that have budgets for corporate social responsibility should ensure that foodgrains, medicines and essential groceries should be distributed at no cost to these people for the period of the lockdown. Moneylenders should not be allowed to seize the opportunity to plunder and should be named and shamed.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Does he have any Choice ...

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