Won’t raise lockdown simply to deal with financial issues: Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai, July 25

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday stated he was not in favour of full lifting of the COVID-induced lockdown within the state solely to deal with financial issues.

He stated there was a have to strike a stability between the problems associated to well being and economic system contemplating the problem posed by the pandemic.

“I will never say that the lockdown will be lifted completely. But I have started reopening a few things gradually. Once reopened, it shouldn’t be shut again. Hence, I prefer taking steps in phases. You can’t just think about the economy or health. There needs to be a balance between the two,” he stated.

Thackeray made this assertion in an interview revealed in Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ on Saturday.

The ongoing lockdown within the state will proceed till July 31. From June onwards, the federal government had began lifting the restrictions in a phase-wise method underneath its ‘Mission Begin Again’ initiative.

“This pandemic is a global war. It has affected the entire world. Those countries which had lifted the lockdown in haste thinking that it was over, were again forced to impose it to curb the spread. In Australia, they had to rope in the Army,” he stated.

“Many people are opposing lockdown. They say the lockdown is affecting the economy. To such people, I would say that I am ready to lift the lockdown but if people die due to it, would you take the responsibility? Even we are concerned about the economy,” he stated.

On the restarting of the suburban railway community in Mumbai, he stated: “What if families fall ill and their houses are sealed? Therefore, everything would be done step-by-step.”

Speaking about his authorities which has accomplished six months in workplace, Thackeray stated that he was main a three-party alliance authorities supported by some independents.

“This is not just Thackeray sarkar, but everybody’s sarkar, especially that of the citizens of the state, who have accepted this experiment,” he added.

After the meeting polls final 12 months, the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress got here collectively to kind the federal government within the state.

Thackeray stated the six-month interval has been filled with challenges just like the coronavirus pandemic and Nisarga cyclone, which hit the coastal elements of the state on June 3.

“I am not bothered about the political challenges. People have faith in me,” he stated.

Talking concerning the coronavirus scenario in Mumbai, he stated: “There was never a need to call the Army in Mumbai. I am proud of the administration which rose to the challenge and set up jumbo field hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 patients in the city.”

Speaking concerning the criticism that he has not been to the Mantralaya, the state secretariat, throughout the pandemic, the Chief Minister stated the know-how helped folks in doing all work and there was no have to journey.

“I can be at home and cover the entire state with the help of technology and take quick decisions. I am not saying one shouldn’t move out. But when you go out, you are at one place only while through video-conference you can go everywhere,” he stated.

“I am not bothered what critics say till people trust me. I am honest with my work,” he added.

On beginning the tutorial 12 months throughout the pandemic, Thackeray stated e-learning was the one possibility.

When requested about chief of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis’s current go to to Delhi, Thackeray stated sarcastically that he might need gone there to take inventory of the coronavirus scenario within the nationwide capital.

“He goes to Delhi and speaks about Maharashtra’s COVID-19 situation since he has given his MLA funds in Delhi,” the CM stated in an obvious reference to BJP MLAs donating to PM Cares Fund and to not the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

“Recently, a survey listed Maharashtra Chief Minister as the best CM in the country. This caused stomach pain to many,” he stated.

“Coronavirus has many symptoms. Stomach ache may be one of them. Loss of taste is also a symptom,” he stated sarcastically when he was requested if life has turn into tasteless for some for the reason that MVA authorities got here to energy.

Thackeray additionally rejected the criticism that his authorities had hidden the variety of coronavirus victims.

“The WHO and the Washington Post have taken note of the state government’s efforts,” Thackeray stated. PTI

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