Cricketer-turned politician Gautam Gambhir, on Monday, pledged ₹50 lakh towards COVID-19 treatment while also advocating jail terms for the offenders who break quarantine guidelines set out to stop the spread of the pandemic.
In a letter to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Gambhir wrote: “In furtherance of the united effort to save our city and citizens from this pandemic, I would like to pledge ₹50 lakh from my MPLAD fund for equipment that may be needed for Covid-19 treatment in state government hospitals.“Kindly direct the officers in charge to let my office know about the requirements and please let me know if I could be off any other assistance.”
The whole of India is heading towards a complete lockdown to tackle the coronavirus with majority of the people following the ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday by staying at home. However, there were some who took to the streets in big groups after the curfew period ended at 9pm.
“Khud bhee jayenge aur parivaar ko bhee leke jayenge, quarantine or jail (either you go to quarantine with family or you go to jail),” wrote Gambhir on Twitter.
“Don’t be a threat to society. We are at war for our existence, not for our livelihood. Follow the government’s lockdown guidelines,” he added.
With the global death toll passing 15,000, 19 Indian states have announced lockdown. The Indian cricket board also advised citizens to stay at home.
“If you ever dreamed of playing for millions around the world, now is your chance,” the BCCI tweeted.
He also stated that those who violated the lockdown orders of the government will have to go to jail.
“Either you go to quarantine with family or you go to jail. Don’t be a threat to society. We are at war for our existence, not for our livelihood. Follow the government’s lockdown guidelines,” he tweeted.
In 2019, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and won election to the Lok Sabha from East Delhi. He is a current member of the Lok Sabha since 2019.