Amid reports of strained relations between Shiv Sena, NCP and INC of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance in Maharashtra, former INC chief Rahul Gandhi has sensationally distanced his party from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the state.
“We are not the key decision-makers in Maharashtra, we are key decision-makers in Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Puducherry. There is a difference between running and supporting a government,” Gandhi stated at a press conference.
Gandhi was replying to queries about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state, where the INC is a constituent of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance with the Shiv Sena and the NCP.
“Maharashtra is struggling because of its nature of connectivity. But it requires full support from the Indian government,” he added. “Maharashtra is fighting a very difficult battle, we must appreciate it… It is the main business centre, it deserves all the help from the Centre.”
Rahul Gandhi said that there is a difference between running the government and supporting the government in the state. He said that Congress can be considered to be in a decision making role in states like Punjab and Rajasthan, but not in Maharashtra.
While distancing himself from the mess in Maharashtra, Rahul Gandhi also tried to shield his ally, Shiv Sena, by saying that the central government must extend every possible help to the state of Maharashtra in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. He also said that Maharashtra is fighting a difficult battle, as are many other states, and there should be full support to the state and its people.
Recently, Sanjay Nirupam had tweeting exposing the abysmal condition of hospitals in Maharashtra amidst the coronavirus crisis.
Nirupam tweeted, “After Sion hospital, this is Rajawadi hospital of Ghatkopar where dead body is lying for hours in an open patient ward.#BMC officials incharge particularly the dean of the hospital must be sacked immediately for this inhuman act”. He followed his tweet up with the hashtag “shameful”.
Then, Prithviraj Chavan, veteran INC leader had recently remarked that the Maharashtra government is one which is not run by the Maha Vikas Aghadi but one run only by Shiv Sena.
It is apparent that the INC, headed by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are all set to pin the blame of the COVID-19 mess in Maharashtra squarely on Uddhav Thackeray, who had compromised not only politically but also ideologically in his greed for the Chief Minister’s chair while forming an alliance with INC and NCP.
Maharashtra has spiralled into a Coronavirus hotspot state rather quickly with the number of positive cases crossing the 52,000 mark. The state now contributes over a third of the coronavirus cases in the entire country, with Mumbai being most severely affected. While Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has drawn sharp criticism for his handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, Rahul Gandhi, during a press interaction today distanced INC from the mess being created in the alliance government ruled state.