The Shiv Sena, which is leading the alliance government in Maharashtra, on Saturday held the Bharatiya Janata Party responsible for the recent rise in number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
In an editorial the party’s mouthpiece, Saamna, wrote on Saturday that the repeated demands and agitations by the BJP to open everything in Maharashtra are to be blamed for the return of corona virus cases in the state. The Shiv Sena also criticised the former chief minister of the BJP Devendra Fadnavis for leading an agitation demanding the opening of all the temples. “Politics was played out of restrictions over Shivaji Jayanti, with BJP threatening to protest if restrictions were not withdrawn. Will the opposition parties now take the responsibility for the rising number of cases?”, the editorial asked. The Shiv Sena also accused Union home minister Amit Shah for not wearing masks at public places.
The Shiv Sena also criticised the leaders and workers of the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party for flouting the corona virus norms in the state. It named minister Jayant Patil and state Congress chief Nana Patole for holding public meetings and then subsequently suffering from corona. The editorial came a day after 44 people lost their lives due to COVID-19 in Maharashtra. The government has swung into action and imposed lockdown in Amravati, the worst affected district.
Mumbai too witnessed a huge jump in the number of cases. It crossed the 6,000 mark in a single day after three months.