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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Hints at Tight Blockade; key meeting on Sunday | India News

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NEW DELHI: Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray hinted at a strict lockdown on Saturday during an all-party meeting to discuss the grim Covid situation in the state, PTI reported citing some leaders who were present at the discussion.
While a formal decision on a shutdown has yet to be made, Thackeray will meet with the state’s Covid task force on Sunday to decide on the next course of action.
“No formal decision has been made on a blockade at the all-party meeting; the prime minister appears to be in favor of a strict blockade,” state BJP chairman Chandrakant Patil told reporters after the virtual meeting. which lasted about two hours.

Senior Deputy Minister Ajit Pawar said he would hold a meeting on Monday to work out a financial package for the weakest sectors of society whose livelihoods could be affected if the state imposes the shutdown.
In addition to prominent ministers of the ruler Shiv Sena, the PNC and Congress, the meeting was also attended by opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis, the president of the state Congress Nana Patole and other leaders.
“The BJP feels that a shutdown is necessary, but the government must first come up with a financial package for the people who will be affected,” said Chandrakant Patil.
Patole said his party was in favor of whatever decision the CM makes.
“However, Congress wants the blockade to be less problematic, unlike last year. We support a financial package for the affected population. The opposition said that a financial package must first be announced,” he said.
“However, Congress wants the blockade to be less problematic, unlike last year. We support a financial package for the affected population. The Opposition said that a financial package must first be announced,” he said.
Meanwhile, Patole blamed the surge in positive coronavirus cases in Maharashtra on “poor supply” of vaccines.
PWD state minister and congressional leader Ashok Chavan said the state government’s priority is saving people’s lives and livelihoods.
“The nature, scope and duration of a lockdown will be defined soon,” he said.
NCP said the healthcare system is likely to be under pressure in the coming days due to the increase.
“With the increase in cases despite strict protocols, the healthcare system is likely to face further pressure in the coming days. The prime minister will meet with the task force tomorrow, after which a further decision will be made, Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik said.
Malik said there is unanimity among the leaders who attended today’s meeting that a lockdown or strict restrictions are needed to break the chain of transmission of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 55,411 new coronavirus cases and 309 deaths on Saturday.
With this, the total case count in the state has exceeded 33 lakh.
(With PTI inputs)
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