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COVID-19: Maharashtra Deputy CM says Centre advising competition restrictions whereas permitting BJP yatras

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Sunday accused the Centre of issuing directives detailing restrictions on upcoming festivals like Dahi Handi and Ganpati Utsav to states amid the COVID-19 pandemic whereas permitting the BJP’s ‘Jan Ashirvad Yatra’ to happen. He additionally stated that Kerala, which lately celebrated a competition in a grand means, was now the highest state within the nation when it comes to each day coronavirus detection.

“Since festivals like Dahi Handi, Ganpati Utsav, Navratri and Diwali are arising, the Centre has suggested states that there ought to be no crowding. The Centre has finished its half, and now the state will do its half,” he stated.

Nevertheless, Pawar stated, the Union authorities, however, had allowed 4 Union ministers to carry Jan Ashirvad Yatras in Maharashtra.

“We are going to see the impact (when it comes to COVID-19 circumstances) within the locations the place these yatras had been held. In case the tally goes up, the Centre ought to ponder on who’s liable for it,” the NCP chief stated.

Earlier, in a letter to the Maharashtra chief secretary, Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had stated the trajectory of each day new circumstances had proven a decline over the past month however some districts within the state had been displaying early indicators of an upsurge in an infection rely and positivity.

In his letter, Bhushan stated the Union House ministry had issued instructions beneath the Catastrophe Administration Act on targeted containment measures.

“In gentle of this order, and in view of mass occasions and public gatherings anticipated through the celebration of upcoming festivals (together with Dahi Handi and Ganpati Utsav) in Maharashtra, it’s suggested that the state could take into account imposing and implementing native restrictions in public remark of those festivals and mass gatherings,” Bhushan had stated within the letter.

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