Mumbai, May 23 : Even as the Maha Vikas Aghadi government is trying its best to curb the Covid-19 crisis, the BJP leaders in the state that are trying to create an atmosphere of confusion have been reduced to a joke today, remarked Balasaheb Thorat, president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee and Revenue Minister. In a press statement issued on Friday, he said that rather than going to the Raj Bhavan time and again, they (BJP leaders) should go to their constituencies and help the public.
Mr Thorat further stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed that politics should be kept aside in the fight against corona, and the Congress and all other opposition parties have followed his appeal. But looks like his own party leaders in Maharashtra have ignored this and are hell bent on politicizing the crisis too, he pointed out. The loss of power has made many BJP leaders desperate and they are trying all tricks to come back to power, he alleged . The protest that BJP had called for today wasn't even supported by their own party workers and in many places the BJP leaders made children stand in the scorching heat with their flags.
Terming the allegations made by Mr Fadnavis as baseless, Mr Thorat claimed that the Centre was giving step-motherly treatment to Maharashtra which gives employment to more than 50 lakh workers from different states. Maharashtra gives the highest tax to the Centre and yet the help expected for the Centre hasn't been given, he charged. The Centre has also given only 30 per cent of the medical equipment like PPE kits, testing kits, medicines required by the state. Of the Rs 20 lakh crore package announced by the Centre, only Rs 2.10 lakh crore will be spent and most of which will go into the MNREGA scheme and won't be given for direct benefit to anyone, the Congress leader charged. Rather than talking to the Centre to get more help for the state, the state BJP is interested in playing politics, he noted and asked why make Maharashtra a political stage at a time when it is going through such a crisis? "Is this the time to do politics?" he wondered. "We should be working unitedly. This stand taken by the BJP will go down in history as the black day," Mr Thorat added. (UNI)