MNS chief Raj Thackeray launched a frontal attack on the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government for not easing restrictions to allow people to celebrate Dahi Handi and other upcoming festivals. benefit.
He said the state government is giving the impression that “everyone loves a good closing”.
Speaking to reporters, the MNS chief also accused the government of “selectively” easing COVID-19 rules for some people and referred to BJP’s “Jan Ashirwad Yatras” and performing a ritual in a temple by the son of a Shiv Sena MLA.
“The actions of the government of Maharashtra can be summed up in the words of veteran journalist P Sainath who wrote a book “Everybody Loves a Good Drought”. The current actions of the state government are like ”everyone likes a good lockdown” Maharashtra President Navnirman Sena said after several MNS employees defied the ban to celebrate the Dahi Handi festival in the suburbs of Mumbai and the metropolitan region earlier in the day.
A popular event organized during Gokulashtami, “Dahi Handi” programs draw large crowds.
‘BJP ministers can organize’Jan Ashirwad YatrasSena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav’s son can perform pooja at a temple in Ratnagiri. These incidents mean that the state government is easing COVID-19 standards for convenience. There are different sets of rules for different people,” he claimed.
MNS employees celebrated the traditional “Dahi Handi” festival in Thane and neighboring Palghar district, even though the celebrations have been banned in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A case has been registered against four MNS activists and eight others for violating COVID-19 standards by a “Dahi Handicprogram in the Worli area of central Mumbai on Tuesday and two workers were arrested, police said, and the others are being sought.
“The way MNS employees were arrested for participating in” Dahi Handic festival it resembles revenge politics (by the government). No action has been taken against a Maha Vikas Aghadi leader for participating in public functions where guidelines regarding COVID appropriate behavior were not followed,” he claimed.
The Sena, NCP and Congress are partners in the MVA led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Raj Thackeray’s estranged cousin.
“If the Shiv Sena had been in opposition, I don’t think it would have acted like this. The three sides are using the COVID-19 situation to their advantage. People have the right to celebrate their festivals,” he said.
Raj Thackeray also claimed that the government is deliberately creating (the specter of) the first, second and now third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Despite such fear (of coronavirus transmission), longtime rivals Shiv Sena and Narayan Rane continued their fights. Does this mean that only festivals spread the coronavirus and not political parties?” he asked.
Asked about complaints filed by police against MNS employees for celebrating the Dahi Handic festival, he said these have fallen like hairs on a bear’s body. Who’s going to count them?”
He demanded that the temples in Maharashtra be reopened without delay.
“If the state government wants to implement a strict COVID protocol, it should be common practice for all political parties and organizations. I will have a meeting with party officials in a few days to come up with a strategy to meet our demand for the opening of temples, he added.
Notably, the opposition BJP staged demonstrations on Monday demanding the reopening of temples and other religious sites in Maharashtra, which remain closed due to COVID-19 standards.