Restrictions and discounts are not possible simultaneously. There is no option of lockdown if the corona chain is to be broken. Therefore, the Chief Minister indicated that complete lockdown will be imposed in the state. The lockdown can be either 8 days or 14 days. But the Chief Minister did not take any final decision on the lockdown in today's meeting and postponed the decision for two days.
The Chief Minister convened an all-party meeting today (April 10, Saturday). The opinion of the leaders of all the parties was taken in this meeting. Experts were consulted. The meeting lasted from 5 pm to two and a half hours. After the meeting, it was decided that the Chief Minister will consider everybody's opinion in the next two days and whether or not to put a complete lockdown in Maharashtra, a decision will be taken in these two days.
'No option other than complete lockdown'
Tomorrow also (April 11, Sunday) a meeting will be held with the task force of the state. The Chief Minister said in the meeting that it is necessary to give a little bitter dose to the public. If you want to control the corona, then it is necessary to put a strong lockdown in Maharashtra for the next few days, after which one thing should be opened gradually. The Chief Minister said that the option of lockdown is necessary because there is a lot of pressure on health facilities. In such a situation, lockdown is the only solution, seeing the examples of the world. The Chief Minister was talking about an 8-day lockdown while the experts' opinion was in favor of a 14-day lockdown. But in the end, the Chief Minister did not take any decision today.
'Vaccine is also not a security bail, lockdown is the only solution'
The Chief Minister said that given the new strain of Corona, the vaccine is also not a security bail. Even after taking both doses of the vaccine, people are having corona. Apart from this, the issue also came up in the discussion that there is a shortage of Remadecivir injection, lack of ventilators and oxygen beds. Many hospitals have become full in the state. In such a situation, the Chief Minister said that lockdown is an option.
'Help first, then lockdown'
An all-party meeting called by the Chief Minister was started at 5 o'clock which lasted more than a quarter or two. Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan opposed the complete lockdown. Devendra Fadnavis said that the lockdown would break the back of the poor. If the lockdown is to be imposed, then the poor should be provided financial assistance.
On this, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that the people who are daily wage laborers and who need to work daily to meet the needs of the daily, people who are small traders, on how to provide financial help to such financially weak people They will prepare a complete detailed plan by Monday.
There was no consensus in Congress, with NCP government
The Congress did not appear to be unanimous in the all-party meeting called by the Chief Minister. Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan was talking about taking the middle role. That is, instead of complete lockdown, strict restrictions should be imposed and economic behavior should also be started. But the role of Congress state president Nana Patole and Balasaheb Thorat was that if a lockdown is necessary to save lives, then we will support. Ajit Pawar said that we will cooperate with the Chief Minister and take the decision.