Mumbai, Nov 24 (PTI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav
Thackeray on Tuesday deprecated the conduct of “some parties”
for putting the lives of people at risk by agitating on roads
ahead of a second wave of COVID-19 and said they should be
asked to not play politics at this crucial juncture.
Speaking during Prime Minister Narendra Modi”s video
conference meeting with chief ministers of eight states which
have reported high COVID-19 cases, Thackeray said the PM or
Union Home Minister Amit Shah should convene a meeting of all
parties to tell them about the seriousness of the situation.
Thackeray did not name any party, but his remarks came
in the backdrop of the BJP staging street protests in
Maharashtra for reopening of temples and on the issue of
inflated electricity bills in the recent past.
Thackeray informed the prime minister that the Shiv
Sena-led state government has formed a task force to manage
the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine once it is available.
“The second wave of COVID-19 is coming and we are
restoring life to normalcy with appropriate precautions as per
the Centre”s instructions. But some parties are playing with
the lives of people by protesting on streets by breaking
“They should be given an idea of the situation and be
asked not to play politics,” an official statement quoted
Thackeray as saying at the meeting.
The chief minister said on one hand his government is
asking people to wear face masks and maintain social
distancing, but on the other, political parties are taking to
streets for politics.
“This will fail all our efforts and invite the COVID-
19 wave,” he added.
Thackeray said some months ago Maharashtra used to
report around 24,000 COVID-19 cases per day, but now the
situation has improved which reflects in the daily tally of
cases falling to 4,700 to 5,000.
He said though the daily graph of COVID-19 patients
has come down, the state government has asked the people to
exercise caution and not be caught off-guard.
The chief minister said a task force has been set up
to oversee the distribution and vaccination in the state.
He said the state government has been in constant
touch with Adar Poonawalla of Serum Institute of India to
track development of its vaccine for coronavirus.
Poonawalla is the CEO of Pune-based Serum Institute of
India, which has partnered with pharma major AstraZeneca and
the University of Oxford for manufacturing a COVID-19 vaccine.
The CM said the task force, to be headed by state”s
chief secretary Sanjay Kumar, will discuss aspects such as
availability of vaccine, its side effects, cost and
The task force will have additional chief secretaries
of finance and planning departments, principal secretary of
health department, medical education department secretary,
representatives from JJ and KEM Hospitals in Mumbai, as its
Thackeray said his government”s ”My Family, My
Responsibility” campaign has received a “good response” from
people and “succeeded” in containing the spread of the
He said the state government has data of 11.92 crore
people, which will help prepare a health map of the state.
Thackeray also underlined the need to pay attention
towards health issues faced by people after their recovery
from the COVID-19 infection.
He said 70,000 to 80,000 tests are being conducted in
the state daily at present, and added instructions have been
issued to increase the number of RT-PCR tests, considered
themost reliable tool to detect the virus.
As per a presentation made by Union health secretary
during the meeting, the number of daily patients in
Maharashtra has dropped over the past two weeks by 76 per
cent, and the state is placed last in the table of eight
states, the statement said. PTI ENM GK RSY
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