Several voices are being raised against Maharashtra Chief Minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray for mishandling the Covid-19 crisis. At a time when he should have been at the forefront of the fight and reassuring the citizens of the state which has been topping the charts he is busy conducting FB (Face Book) live programs and employing the services of PR (Public Relations) firms to cover up for his shoddy work.
— #BeHonest.🇮🇳 (@PKotekar) May 17, 2020
True leadership shines through during a crisis and it is amply clear that the people of Maharashtra are missing the services of a ‘true leader’ during this pandemic. Some have been vocal enough in making this expressly known. Many have opined on Social Media (SM) that they miss the services of ex-CM and current leader of opposition (LoP) Devendra Fadnavis. However, those within the system are also missing his services has now become known. Recently when Fadnavis was travelling back to Mumbai from Nagpur when a cop on patrol duty expressing his agony stated “sir we neither have kits nor masks or sanitizers. Besides the work pressure is also tremendous. If you had been the CM then we wouldn’t have been in such a dire situation today”. It is important to note that policemen have been working day and night putting themselves at risk of contracting the virus. The patrol cop belongs to Jaulka police station of Malegaon district’s Kinhiraja Taluka. This simple statement speaks volumes not just about the kind of leadership and hope Fadnavis gave to both to the common public and those who belong to the system but also about the current leadership crisis in the state.
— Sameet Thakkar (@thakkar_sameet) May 17, 2020
Even ally Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan was critical about the political leadership in the state. He opined that while bureaucracy was doing its job, the state’s political leadership is ‘missing in action’. He pointed out how on the one hand as many as 10 senior IAS (Indian Administrative Services) officers are waiting for their appointments with no work to do and on the other there are officers who are burdened with the onus of handling two departments at a time. He advised the CM to fill the vacancies at the earliest and stated that instead of blaming the bureaucracy, the political leadership must step in and take firm decisions to deal with the pandemic.
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