Mumbai : The BJP legislator and Opposition leader in the state Council Pravin Darekar on Wednesday targetted Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray over death of a Pune-based journalist due to COVID-19.
A 42-year-old journalist Pandurang Raikar, working with a Marathi news channel, on Wednesday succumbed to coronavirus infection due to an alleged delay in getting a cardiac ambulance from the city’s Jumbo COVID Centre. The family of the journalist has alleged a government Covid centre of negligence after he succumbed to the COVID-19. “There’s chaos, doctors aren’t trained. They made centres worth crores of rupees but couldn’t arrange a cardiac ambulance to shift him, that’s why he died,” alleged journalist’s sister.
Alleging that the Shiv Sena-led state government had “messed up” the handling of the pandemic, the BJP leader, Darekar took a jibe at Thackeray for “working from home.” Thackeray is working from home. He does not even attend meetings in Mantralaya though his house in Bandra is not that far,” the BJP leader alleged.
Earlier, the Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar also said that a chief minister was expected to visit other parts of the state, but that was not happening in Maharashtra. Pawar said that he was more visible than Thackeray as he keeps travelling to check on the situation.
Lashing out at the Uddhav government, the Opposition leader Darekar alleged, it has completely messed up the handling the COVID-19 situation in the state and the journalist’s death was its “latest example”.
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