Amid increasing COVID-19 cases in state, Maharashtra government on April 13 announced a series of strict restrictions in the state till May 1 including the imposition of Section 144. Bollywood industry is also feeling the heat. According to All Indian Cine Workers Association president, the industry is bearing loses as spot boys and other daily wagers have returned to their hometown due to no work. "We support lockdown, but there has to be a way for us. Government talks about others but not daily wagers in our industry," he said. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on April 13 announced a series of strict restrictions in the state till May 1 including the imposition of Section 144 from Wednesday in view of rising COVID-19 cases but said he will not term the new restrictions as "lockdown".
After Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced strict restrictions on April 13 to contain spread of COVID-19, the restaurant business again fearing for loss. According to the restaurant owners they are already facing loses due to fewer customers and now after restrictions it would be very difficult for them to run their business. The restaurant owners have demanded some relief from government. Restaurant sector is one of the worst hit businesses COVID-19 pandemic. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on April 13 announced a series of strict restrictions in the state till May 1 including the imposition of Section 144 from Wednesday in view of rising COVID-19 cases and but said he will not term the new restrictions as "lockdown".
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a pot shot at BJP by saying that wherever the party and its ideologue RSS go, hatred starts to intensify there. He said, "People of Assam say their history and culture are being attacked. Tamil Nadu and Bengal are facing the same thing." The fifth phase of assembly polls will be held in West Bengal on April 17.
Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis on March 23 claimed to have in possession 6.3 GB of data of what he said are intercepted calls found suspicious to be involved in transfer racket. Fadnavis said Commissioner of intelligence had sent a report of these "suspicious calls" to Maharashtra DG who in turn then forwarded it to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Fadnavis asserted that the CM expressed concern. "Commissioner of Intelligence sent a report of intercepted calls suspicious to be involved in transfer racket to DG Maharashtra in August 20. It was forwarded to Chief Minister later and he expressed concern. I have data of 6.3 GB containing all information," said Fadnavis.
Maharashtra Assembly's Leader of Opposition and BJP leader, Devendra Fadnavis, on March 21 accused the state government of turning away eye to corruption that took place in police transfers which led to the resignation of DG Subodh Jaiswal. Fadnavis said, "Before Param Bir Singh, Maharashtra DG Subodh Jaiswal had submitted a report to Maharashtra Chief Minister regarding corruption over police transfers. Ideally Chief Minister should have taken serious cognisance of the matter and set up a committee but CM shared the report with Home Minister and removed Commissioner Intelligence from his post. Hence, DG Jaiswal went to Central deputation."
Reacting on Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar's prediction on upcoming elections, BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Devendra Fadnavis said that he don't agree with Sharad Pawar's prediction totally but he agreed that BJP will win big in Assam polls. "Even our adversaries have accepted that BJP will win in Assam. Although I don't agree with Sharad Pawar ji's whole statement, but if he also believes that BJP will win in Assam, it goes on to show that we will register a big win," said Fadnavis.
Amid steep surge in COVID-19 cases, oxygen supply is proving to be a matter of concern in hospitals Nashik. The hospitals struggle to meet demand. Country's worst-hit state, Maharashtra reported over 58,000 fresh COVID-19 cases on April 14. The state has begun 15-day curfew from yesterday to curb the spread of the virus. "Only when the oxygen supply is increased we'll be able to admit more patients. We need 50 cylinders daily but we're getting only 30 cylinders," said Dr.Yogesh More, Uma Hospital.
Maharashtra came out as one of the major hotspots for the COVID-19 virus; government has imposed lockdown-like restrictions in the state. Daily wage earners have suffered the most in the state amid pandemic induced restrictions. Expressing his plight, a shoeshiner, near Gateway of India in Mumbai talked to ANI about his dwindling income. Umesh Sakes, shoe polisher said, "I've been working here for the past 5 years. Earlier, I used to earn Rs 100-200/day. Now it's hardly Rs 50/day."
After resignation of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deskhmukh, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis said that more faces will be unmasked as soon as the investigation will be progressed in the allegations against Deshmukh. "Home Minister Anil Deskhmukh should have resigned at the moment he was blamed for the racket. I firmly believe that more things will come out now. This is like tip of iceberg. The moment the investigation progresses, more faces will be unmasked," said Devendra Fadnavis. Anil Deskhmukh resigned as Maharashtra Home Minister after High Court ordered probe in former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh's allegations against Deshmukh.