Many of the chief ministers who held a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday via video conferencing sought an extension of lockdown while others wanted an economic package.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wanted the extension of the lockdown in view of the rising number of cases but with an exit strategy that provided fiscal support to states. Modi said a balanced strategy will have to be adopted for the road ahead.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar too sought extension of the lockdown. Gujarat is believed to have opposed the same. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked for a special economic package while Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said the passenger train services should not be resumed to contain the spread of the disease.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy asked for an end of the lockdown as it has severely affected livelihood while Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami requested the Prime Minister not to resume regular air services and train services to Chennai till May 31.
He also sought a credit restructuring package as well as refinancing support for MSME in the state. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday asked the Centre to show “specific and concrete direction” on the ongoing lockdown.