Mumbai: Amid the continuous spike in Covid-19 cases, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray government’s roadmap for the reimposition of a lockdown in Maharashtra to control the spread of coronavirus, drew opposition from its own alliance the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), saying that shutdown is not a solution and people cannot afford it. Besides, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also expressed concerns over possible state-wide lockdown and warning the government of public protests. Reportedly, a final decision on the same is expected on April 2 after a review meeting.
“We can’t afford lockdown. We’ve asked CM to consider other options. Due to rising cases, he has directed the administration to prepare for lockdown but that doesn’t mean that lockdown is inevitable. If people follow rules, it can be avoided”, said Maharashtra Minister and senior NCP leader Nawab Malik. However, another NCP leader reportedly said that preparing for a lockdown doesn’t mean it will happen.
Sharing same stance, state BJP president Chandrakant Patil said that lockdown is not a solution for the rise in cases of coronavirus. “Lockdown is not an answer to the increasing COVID-19 cases in the state. If the lockdown is imposed, you (the state government) will not give any package (for relief to affected people). How people lived in the last one year cannot be understood by sitting inside ‘Matoshree’,”said Mr Patil.
Maharashtra: At a meeting with senior health officials & COVID task force, CM Uddhav Thackeray instructed them to prepare for restrictions similar to lockdown if people continue to violate COVID-related rules pic.twitter.com/pMEz18UxQE
— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2021
To note, Maharashtra has been witnessing a unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases for the past few days. On Friday, it had recorded 40,000 infections, however, on Monday, the state saw a significant drop in the single-day rise of cases. With 31,643 cases in the last 24 hours, the Maharashtra tally reached 27,45,518, as per Health Ministry’s data.