A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on late Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on Tuesday evening at 4 pm against the backdrop of a bitter standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh where 20 Indian army personnel were killed in clashes on June 15 in Galwan Valley. National broadcaster Doordarshan will telecast Modi’s address live.
The country will also be entering Unlock 2 from tomorrow for which guidelines were issued by the Union Home Ministry yesterday night, further easing the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus lockdown.
This will be Modi’s sixth address to the nation since the outbreak of the pandemic. Earlier, he had last addressed the nation on May 12 when he announced a Rs 20 lakh crore financial package to boost the economy recovering from the lockdown.
Meanwhile on Sunday in his monthly “Mann ki Baat” address, the prime minister had asserted that India has given a befitting reply to those who cast an evil eye on its territory in Ladakh. On COVID-19, Modi had urged the people to be more vigilant in the unlock phase and take necessary precautions, stressing not doing so will put at risk their lives and those of others. Also in his recent interaction with chief ministers, Modi had urged them to think about phase 2 of unlocking to boost the economy hit by the pandemic and the lockdown.