Maharashtra Government tussles between battling coronavirus pandemic and a political war


Maharashtra, which is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases, is also struggling with a political war of words over the stability of the Uddhav Thackeray-led government on Tuesday, even as the ruling party expressed confidence in its quality and execution.

The former BJP Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis attacks Maharashtra’s ruling party over its mishandling of the pandemic; while denying it was looking to destabilize the administration, party functionaries state the circumstance is suitable for Presidential rule.

Following a meeting with CM amid the hypothesis, Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sarad Pawar asserted that the administration is secure and blamed Fadnavis for being “impatient.” and added that the meeting was a regular schedule.

On Monday, speculation over the fate of the Maharashtra government began over the main architect of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), containing the Shiv Sena, NCP, and the Congress, framed after 2019 elections met Koshyari and had his third meeting with Thackeray, who is under immense criticism over his handling of the coronavirus.

In a meeting with NDTV, Pawar expressed that there are no distinctions in the MVA, there is no confusion about the government and assured that it will complete its full term, however, shockingly, BJP thinks otherwise, he added.

The Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, a key negotiator between the ruling alliances, stated that Pawar met Thackeray only to talk about the future planning for the state government and steps needed to handle the pandemic.

On the other hand, an interview with Rahul Gandhi stirred up more controversy by saying that we are supporting the administration in Maharashtra, yet we are not the principal decision-makers. There is a distinction between running an administration and supporting an administration.

A day after Rahul’s remark, which prompted speculations that everything was not well within Maharashtra’s alliance party, Rahul telephoned Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday morning and clarified that his announcement was misconstrued and reassured that the Congress party stands in full support of the administration.

He also expressed, how significant the state of Maharashtra is for Congress and how it ought to be given more importance in the battle against the pandemic.

Thackeray too purportedly assured Rahul Gandhi that the Congress, which is an important partner in the MVA, has been given equivalent weight in the decision making.

Shiv Sena head Uddhav Thackeray will soon meet with the alliance partners on Wednesday evening and discuss future measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Article Credit: NDTV/The Times Of India/The Hindustan Times

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