Uddhav Thackeray urges PM Modi to instruct politicians to refrain from holding protests during pandemic

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday urged the Prime Minister to warn politicians from playing with people’s lives by holding protests during the pandemic situation.

Thackeray said that few politicians are playing with the lives of the people and organising protests amid the second wave of COVID-19 and requested PM Modi to intervene in this matter and instruct those political parties to follow COVID-19 protocols.

Thackeray brought up the issue of political protests in a meeting of the Prime Minister with chief ministers of various states over the coronavirus situation.

He also informed the Prime Minister that his state has formed a task force to ensure timely distribution of coronavirus vaccine and executing the vaccination programme.

Speaking on development of a vaccine, Prime Minister Modi during the meeting said, “We are in touch with Indian vaccine developers and manufacturers. We are also in touch with global regulators, governments of other countries, multinational organisation and international companies. It is not certain whether there will be one, two or three doses of a vaccine. It is also not decided what will be the price of the vaccine. We still don’t have answers to these questions,”

“I urge states to send detailed plans soon on how they plan to take the vaccine to the lowest levels. It will help us in making decisions as your (state) experiences are valuable. I hope for your pro-active participation. There should not be any room for carelessness during vaccine distribution,” PM Modi added.

Besides Thackeray, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal are among those present at the meeting, being held via video conferencing.