By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |

Updated: April 5, 2020 12:25:24 pm





Kumaraswamy challenges PM Modi to offer 'scientific' explanation over lighting of lamps at 9 pm Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Sunday challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to offer a scientific explanation over his name to gentle candles and lamps for 9 minutes at 9 pm. (File)

Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Sunday challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to offer a scientific explanation over his name to gentle candles and lamps for 9 minutes at 9 pm, and suspected there may be some “hidden agenda” behind it.

The Janata Dal (Secular) chief tweeted, “Has the PM slyly asked the nation to observe a candle light 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.”

Kumaraswamy additionally questioned why the federal government has not distributed the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits for healthcare professionals but.

“The government is yet to provide 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,” he added.

The two-time Karnataka CM additionally shared a poem Kanada translation of a poem initially written by John Henry Newman within the early 1800s.

“It is shameful to convert the national crisis into an event of self aggrandizement & it is beyond shameful to push the hidden agenda of his party in the face of global calamity. May sense prevail upon the PM,” he tweeted after which he added the strains from the poem which interprets to:

Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom
Lead thou me on.

The Prime Minister had appealed to individuals to change off the lights of their homes for 9 minutes at 9 pm on Sunday, and light-weight lamps at their doorways or balconies. “You are not alone, no one is alone in the fight against coronavirus. The light from the lamps will show that we are together in this battle,” he had mentioned in his pre-recorded deal with on Friday.

Several leaders from the Opposition had hit out at the PM calling his video message as “symbolism” and puzzled whether or not he has any concrete reduction measures.

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