Mumbai: In an apparent retaliation mood, the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday blamed the Narendra Modi government for faulty testing at the international airports in the initial days that led to spread of COVID-19 in Maharashtra and other parts of the country. His attacks on the union government come after the BJP and leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis accused the Maha-Vikas-Government of its failure to tackle the COVID-19 in the state and particularly in Mumbai.
In a webinar interview in a Marathi daily, the Maharashtra chief minister said, “Everyone takes Paracetamol whenever they have a fever. So screening international travellers only for fever was not enough. Our first patient had a travel history to Dubai. The list submitted initially by the Centre about checking international travellers did not include the US and Dubai.”
The chief minister said the state government started sending travellers into quarantine but by that time they had mingled with other people. He, however, maintained that he did not want to point fingers at the Centre.
Thackeray also claimed that the flip-flops in implementing the lockdown has caused troubles to the migrant labourers. He pointed out that the implementation of lockdown and migration of labourers cannot be allowed at the same time. If the migrant labourers were allowed to return home before announcing the lockdown they would not have faced so much trouble.
Answering a question he said that the government is not in favour of opening schools on June 15 like every year. The education department is exploring ideas like online classes and classroom on TV. The state doesn’t want to start in a staggered way like some schools start in some parts and some later.
On the prediction of the union government that there should have been one and a half lakh cases in Maharashtra by May end, he said if the people of the state hadn’t taken care, this prediction would have come true. “Though numbers have increased, we are way behind the numbers,” he further said.
Earlier, Uddhav Thackeray said that the state has not yet received most of the benefits that it is ought to get from the centre.
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