It seems that the ruling Shiv Sena refused to budge for carrying false narratives to hide its failure in all fronts across the state. Now the party hit out at the BJP, blaming the saffron party for the rising coronavirus cases in Maharashtra.
With COVID-19 cases rising in Maharashtra, the Sena has pinned the blame on the BJP saying temple politics led to a spike in the number of coronavirus cases. Political observers here feel that the ruling Sena is now desperate to malign BJP in every fronts to hide its misdeeds and failure. And such allegations are one of attempts to defame the saffron party which was once its ally.
Targeting the BJP, Sena slammed the saffron party and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for launching ‘Ghantanaad’, a protest demanding reopening of temples in the state. The COVID-19 situation in the state worsened on Friday after it reported more than 6,000 new coronavirus infections in a single day for the first time after more than three months.
As many as 6,112 fresh cases were reported during the day, most of them coming from Akola, Pune and Mumbai divisions, said an official of the state health department. It’s a common perception that as the Uddhav Thackeray government failing to reign in the virus, Shiv Sena has accused the BJP of the spike. This is not the first time Sena has blamed the BJP.
Last year in September, Saamana, the mouthpiece of the Sena, had asked if the BJP and Fadnavis will take responsibility if there was a spike in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra. Saamana’s editorial said “Before raising the issue, Opposition needs to understand the pandemic situation in the state. People should achieve ‘peace of mind’ and ‘peace from hunger’ at temples, but Opposition should understand the real meaning behind the term ‘peace of mind’. It does not translate to peace of mind to attain political gains.”
While accusing the BJP it said, “Politics was played out of restrictions over Shivaji Jayanti, with BJP threatening to protest if restrictions were not withdrawn.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 Sena is also not sparing its new allies, the Congress and NCP to hide its failure. “Minister Jayant Patil was taking a tour in the state which led to crowding and now he is down with Covid. Nana Patole, new state chief of Congress, announced protests at shooting set of Akshay Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan, and is now in quarantine as cases have been found in his office,” it said.
The Sena also perturbed over the tours of NCP and Congress leaders in different areas in the state, particularly Vidarbha to spread their influences. The party even did not like when the newly elected state Congress chief Nana Patole, who belongs to Vidarbha announced that his aim is to make Congress the number one party in the State.
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