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Raj Thackeray slams govt., blames laborers for Covid spread

Alok Parekh

On Tuesday, April 6, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief, Raj Thackeray, stated that the migrant workers and laborers from other states have been responsible for the sudden, unstoppable spread of the novel coronavirus in the state of Maharashtra, which is a state of India that has been recording an exceptionally high number of new infections since the previous few weeks. He clearly said and slammed the states from where the workers have come. He said that those states don’t have an adequate amount of facilities for having them tested for the coronavirus.

During a conversation with the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray, he said, “Maharashtra is the most industrialized state in India which attracts a large number of workers from other states. The places from where these workers come lacked enough testing facilities. During the lockdown last year, I had suggested that migrant workers who returned to their native places should be tested, but it was not done." He further said that he had requested the Chief Minister to permit the sportspeople to continue with their practice sessions and to allow the gymnasiums to resume functioning with adequate social distancing norms being followed.
With the new restrictions that were imposed in the state from April 5, Monday night, the MNS supremo, Raj Thackeray, suggested that all the shops should be allowed to work for a minimum of two or three days keeping in mind the current situation of the pandemic.

He slammed the present ruling alliance in the state. He asked, “The government says manufacturing will be allowed during the time of restrictions but not the shops. If shops are not allowed to remain open, then what's the logic behind allowing the manufacturing activity?”  He further added, “Industrial production is stopped, offices are being closed and many people are losing their jobs. In such a scenario why should people pay the power bills?" He suggested that the electricity bills of people during the span of lockdown should be waived off.


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