New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday said that India has entered a "crucial two week period" of the coronavirus pandemic today.   

In a tweet, Chidambaram also made a mention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's outreach to the opposition leaders on Sunday.

"India enters a crucial two week period today. So does the world It is good that @narendramodi spoke to leaders of Opposition parties. I have no doubt that every one of them pledged support to the government’s efforts to battle the spread of COVID-19," he wrote. 

"If the Congress and other Opposition parties have pointed out the shortcomings in the measures taken by the government, it was in a spirit of constructive criticism and cooperation - a point highlighted in the CWC resolution of 2nd April, 2020," he wrote in another post.

He also stressed upon the need of aggressive testing for the COVID-19 which has so far claimed 109 lives in the country and has left over 4,000 people infected. 

"There is unanimity among epidemiologists, doctors and district-level administrators that the need of the hour is aggressive and extensive testing. Let government begin that effort today," read another post in Hindi. 

On Sunday, PM Modi reached out to top leaders from across the political spectrum, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, to discuss the situation arising out of the spread of coronavirus.

He also spoke with former presidents Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil, and former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda, sources said.

He also called up leaders of various political parties, including Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Odisha CM and BJD leader Naveen Patnaik, Telangana chief minister and TRS leader K Chandrashekhar Rao, DMK leader M K Stalin and SAD leader Parkash Singh Badal.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta