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'3 crucial meetings in 4 hours': PM Modi's action-packed Friday schedule as Covid-19 batters India


New Delhi, Apr 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a series of meetings on Friday, including one with chief ministers of states with high burden of COVID-19 cases.

Narendra Modi

PM Modi will review the COVID-19-related situation in an internal meeting at 9 am followed by the meeting with chief ministers an hour later via video conference.

At 12:30 pm, he will hold a meeting with leading oxygen manufacturers in the country, they added.

With the COVID cases rising at a rapid pace in the country, Modi has been chairing regular meetings to review the situation.

He had also addressed the nation on Tuesday.

"Tomorrow, will be chairing high-level meetings to review the prevailing COVID-19 situation. Due to that, I would not be going to West Bengal," PM Modi tweeted today.

The prime minister had earlier called off his visit to West Bengal for poll campaign on Friday due to the meetings here to review the COVID-19 situation.

He will instead address the West Bengal voters virtually.

After this, no further political meetings of the prime minister are scheduled in West Bengal, thus effectively ending his campaign in the state as of now.

After the BJP decided to call off all big political meetings and rallies in view of rising COVID-19 cases and restrict its campaign to a maximum of 500 people in the state, Modi''s proposed meetings for Saturday were clubbed with his Friday campaign.

Opposition leaders have been critical of the BJP for the big rallies of its leaders at the time of surging COVID-19 cases.

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