Kolhapur, May 22 : Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil on Friday demanded that the Maha Vikas Aghadi government should announce a package of Rs 50,000 crore for the poor people of the state as announced by other states. The party workers, led by Mr Patil, staged a 'Maze Angan, Maze Ranangan' (My Yard, My Battlefield) agitation in front of their respective residences to express their protest against the MVA government, led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, for its failure to handle Corona crisis.
Talking to reporters outside his residence here after participating in state-wide agitation, the BJP chief said that other state governments have announced a package to deal with the corona outbreak in their respective states. He further said that the Maharashtra government should also announce a package for the poor and middle-class people to ease their hardship so that they can buy ration for next three months. He also demanded to provide masks and sanitizers to these people at fair price.
Mr Patil said that the first corona positive patient was detected in the state on March nine and since then, the figure of infected cases in the state has mounted to 40,000. At that time the government should have taken some remedial measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in the state, but the state leadership (Mr Thackeray) totally failed to take his ministers, MLAs and MPs into confidence, he charged. Instead of visiting hospitals and institutional quarantine centres in the state to review the situation and to boost the morale of Covid warriors, Mr Thackeray has been at his residence from last 60 days, the BJP chief claimed and asked why the Chief Minister could not visit the hospitals? On Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's statement that BJP was trying to destabilise the MVA government, Mr Patil remarked that there was no reason for Mr Pawar to panic if he believed that his government was working in the right and proper direction. Besides Mr Patil, former MP Dhananjay Mahadik, BJP district president Rahul Chikode and other office-bearers participated in the agitation at different places. (UNI)