Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday Confirmed That He is in No Hurry To Ease the Covid Restrictions
Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday gave a reply to those who are asking to open temples for worship. He said,” I am surprised that some people are asking to open temples and are questioning us over this.
They need to be calm and have patience. We need to be sure that what we have allowed opening now should not be shut again later.” Maharashtra CM said that he completely disagrees with the demands raised by BJP and the MNS.
“The state needs to take every step carefully he added.” speaking further, he said,” We will surely open up completely once we are sure of it. However, if we do it in a hurry, we would not be free of this pandemic for months and years. It would constantly be with us.”
Thackery said those who want the reopening of the temples are doing so for political purposes.” You people are doing politics. But it would be the ordinary people who will face the consequences of it, who would be losing their lives.
Any kind of hurry in opening up would lead to playing with people’s lives,” he added. Addressing an online medical conclave of doctors on Sunday, Thackeray said the state and its people need to keep up its vigil on Covid.
”We can say that the covid situation is somewhat under control. However, we still have to deal with the last leg of the second wave. We need to take lessons from the past and what we have learnt from the past 1.5 years,” he said.
The CM has called on the political parties in Maharashtra to observe and follow Covid Protocol.” We should not tell others to follow protocols while we are ignoring the rules,” he said.
His statements opposed the allegations that BJP and MNS put Shiv Sena and other parties into, stating that Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP have been freely organizing rallies and campaigns, ignoring the covid rules while the rest of the state was staying indoors.
Considering the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations earlier, CM Uddhav Thackeray told the media that he would impose strict restrictions to stop the third wave after September ends.
What Central Government Has to Say?
The central government has given directives to the states where there will be enormous celebrations for Dahi Handi and Ganesh Chaturthi to avoid a surge in infections.
As Dahi Handi celebrations were restricted throughout Maharashtra, this will be the same case in the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. On September 2, Mumbai issued new Guidelines ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Mumbai Police said it would start taking action against people who don’t wear masks and violate other Covid-19 norms. Maharashtra DM (Deputy Minister) said that the state is and will be followings directives given by the Central Government.
”But also, there will be no additional restrictions for Ganesh Chaturthi,” said Ajit Pawar. Earlier, Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said that the government had no plans on imposing curbs ahead of the festival.
Mr Pawar, the Guardian Minister Of Pune, expressed concern over people letting their guard down in the district’s rural areas as Pune I, the hub of Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration, alongside Mumbai.
He also said that the 10-day festival will begin on September 10 and is likely to remain a muted affair. Not only in Maharashtra but states where Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as Karnataka also issued new guidelines.
They are allowing five days of Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations with restrictions. As per a new order, only a maximum of 20 people will be allowed for the celebrations and immersion of the Ganesha Idol. In addition to this, no celebrations will be allowed after 9 pm.