With the fear of a lockdown looming large, the ruling Nationalist Congress Party insisted that a lockdown is not a solution to the pandemic and the people and state are not in a position to afford it.
The statement came a day after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday asked state officials to begin preparing a plan for another lockdown that will have minimal impact on the state’s economy. The NCP is part of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the state along with Shiv Sena and Congress.
Nawab Malik, NCP chief spokesperson and minority affairs minister, said, “Daily cases are on the rise and on Sunday it crossed the 40,000-mark but the people and the state won’t be able to afford another lockdown. We have told the chief minister (Uddhav Thackeray) that lockdown is not a solution to the pandemic and we should focus upon improving health infrastructure to tackle the situation. The way cases are increasing, the state may face a shortfall of beds considering which the chief minister has ordered for the preparations as well.”
News Source : Hindustan Times