The Shiv Sena-Congress-Nationalist Congress Get together authorities in Maharashtra got here below assault from the opposition BJP on Friday over its dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic within the state. The BJP held a protest towards the state authorities, alleging it had didn’t comprise the disaster. Maharashtra has the very best variety of COVID-19 sufferers within the county with Mumbai alone accounting for greater than one-fifth of coronavirus instances in India.
The protest was led by former Chief Minister and Chief of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis. A number of BJP leaders together with state BJP President Chandrakant Patil additionally gathered on the Maharashtra BJP headquarters carrying black masks and stood at a distance from one another. Sharing footage of the protest, Chief of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, “Most instances, most deaths. The healthcare system has fully collapsed. That is the abject failure of the Authorities. Now we have at all times cooperated with the state authorities. However how a lot will the individuals should tolerate? I participated within the “Maharashtra Bachao” agitation on the state BJP headquarters.”
However in footage on Twitter kids are seen collaborating within the protest with masks lowered. The images of the kids within the protest should not from the identical location the place the previous Chief Minister protested.
A number of BJP leaders throughout the state held protests in their very own areas to spotlight what they really feel is an absolute failure of the federal government. However the concept of a protest throughout the lockdown, particularly political protests involving kids drew sharp reactions.
The Shiv Sena slammed the BJP for organising a protest throughout the lockdown.
“Completely shameful, what lust for energy politics could make leaders do. Making children stand within the warmth, with their masks lowered, not masking the face for a political protest when we have to hold them protected and indoors. Corona ko bhul gaye, politics pyaara hai,” Cupboard Minister Aaditya Thackeray tweeted.
“One political occasion state unit has set a brand new low and a brand new world record- the one occasion on this planet to take pleasure in politics and in spreading concern, hate and division when the world has forgotten all of it to assist one another. This occasion has forgotten the pandemic,” he added in one other tweet.
Aaditya Thackeray is a member of his father Uddhav Thackeray’s cupboard and is the minister for Surroundings, Tourism and Protocol in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra has reported 41,642 coronavirus instances with greater than 25,000 instances in Mumbai alone, well being officers mentioned on Thursday.