Mumbai: Addressing the 63rd edition of his monthly radio program ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologized to all the countrymen and especially the poor for the nationwide lockdown in the scene of the novel Coronavirus.
“I apologize to all the countrymen, and my conscience tells me that you will definitely forgive me, as I had to make some decisions that put you in great difficulty, especially when I would see my poor brothers and sisters. I definitely feel that that they must be thinking, what kind of Prime Minister is this who has placed us in this difficulty. I especially seek their forgiveness,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister, in his first ‘Mann Ki Baat’ ever since the lockdown came into effect, said that he understood that many people would “possibly be angry at me for being locked up in their homes.”
“I understand your troubles, but for a country like India with 1.3 billion population, there was no other way to wage war against war. It is a battle of life and death and we have to win it and, therefore, such strong measures were absolutely necessary,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister further said that “Nobody likes to take such strong measures, but after looking at the situation around the world it seems that this is the only option to keep you and your family safe.”
During his address to the nation on 24 March, the Prime Minister announced a 21-day nationwide shutdown to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.