Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the country is "facing the result of a failed lockdown" as the number of COVID-19 cases has gone up rapidly. He called out the centre's decision to relax the rules of the lockdown. He added that the Congress party wanted to understand the next strategy of the government as four phases of the lockdown didn’t work.
Ashok Shankarrao Chavan, Maharashtra's Public Welfare Department (PWD) Minister, tested positive for the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He is admitted to a hospital in the Nanded district in the state and is reportedly stable. He instructed his party workers not to meet him for a month. Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia wished him a speedy recovery
Union Minister Smriti Irani praised Bollywood actor Sonu Sood for helping numerous migrant workers reach their hometown amidst the COVID outbreak and lockdown. "The kindness you have displayed in these challenging times makes me prouder," she wrote. He arranged travel for migrant workers to reach their hometown in Karnataka, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi at the opposition meeting alleged that the central government does not have a COVID-19 lockdown exit plan. “The government has embarked on a wild adventure of so-called reforms including a grand clearance sale of PSUs and repeal of labour laws,” she said. She slammed the finance minister's economic package as well.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and 8 other ministers took oath as Member of Legislative Council (MLC) in Mumbai. The oath to the nine new members was administered by Legislative Council Chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar. Members were seen wearing facemasks while taking oath amidst the COVID outbreak. Maharashtra extended lockdown till May 31.
Of 11 projects Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced for farmers as part of Rs 20 lakh crore COVID relief package, most of them are said to have already in place. They are being implemented as part of successive Union Budgets under Modi government. Many of the declared schemes have been part of the Modi Govt’s earlier promises, reports said.