Maharashtra struggles to fight COVID19 while PR machinery praises CM

The COVID19 pandemic is already spiralling out of control in Maharashtra with the number of positive cases crossing 1000 and 736 of those cases being recorded in Mumbai. The death toll in the state has already touched 66. While the state has been suffering, the government seems to be living in a world of its own.

The already overworked hospital staff has to contend with shortage of essential equipments such as masks which puts them at higher risk of contracting the virus. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the already suffering patients have to put up with the unhygienic conditions as well. Some hospitals even lack proper sanitary facilities. The least a government can do is providing the bare essentials.

Test of true leadership is how a leader conducts himself during difficult times. Aditya Thackeray aspires to be an influential leader but has so far failed to prove himself. His own constituency Worli has become a hotbed for the COVID19 pandemic. Three people have already lost their lives in Worli Koliwada due to the coronavirus. In the beginning of this week the total number of people affected by the virus in Worli Koliwada alone touched 21 and 40 in entire Worli.

Since the maximum number of cases are in the state are from Mumbai and Maharashtra is the worst affected among all the states in the country, the need of the hour is to enforce the lockdown with as much strictness as possible. However, lockdown is being violated in several areas.

The administration seems to be lax in this area as well. All of this is costing the state human lives. But when the chief minister’s own backyard is unguarded then how does he expect to control the situation in the entire state? A tea stall owner who runs a stall in Kalanagar, near CM Uddhav Thackeray’s Matoshree has tested positive for coronavirus. Following this 170 policemen deployed near the CM’s residence have been sent into quarantine. This will put more pressure on the already overworked force.

If all this wasn’t bad enough it has now emerged that the free ration meant for the poor and needy sanctioned by the central government is neither reaching the poor in adequate quantity nor is the ration provided by the state government of good quality. To make matters worse the poor are being asked to buy the essentials from PDS if they wish to avail of the free ration. Now that is some concern the state government is showing!

The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government’s hurry to release prisoners on parole has now cost a cop’s wife her life. Reports state that one of prisoners released on parole murdered the policeman’s wife at her residence. The incident took place in Nagpur.

These are just some of the several issues that are begging the government’s attention. However, instead of working on war-footing on the ground, MVA government has preferred taking the PR route.

Some political observers are claiming Shiv Sena leader and Worli MLA Aditya Thackeray has enlisted the help of a PR firm to engage the support of SM (Social Media) influencers who would create a favourable opinion for the government. The Bollywood, left-liberal PR machinery is now on an overdrive singing paeans to the Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray. NCP leaders, on the other hand, are now resorting to trolling on SM by abusing common citizens and their family members. PR is a powerful tool and Bharatiya media which is forever subservience to the so called secular parties continues.

Marathi language media outlets like ABP-Majha are busy running fake news rather than spreading awareness about the pandemic and holding government accountable. And leaders like AIMIM MLA Maulana Mufti are either assaulting doctors or turning a blind eye to lockdown violation  by their supporters in Malegaon who have restarted work in textile factories. The cop who sent notice to a textile factory for remaining open despite the lockdown, has been transferred. If ever one needed proof that Islamists are using their closeness to Sharad Pawar to exercise a vice-like grip on CM Uddhav Thackeray led MVA government, then this is it.

All of a sudden Uddhav Thackeray has become the blue-eyed boy of left-liberal-secular cabal. The latest poster boy of the secular brigade has learnt the ropes of secular trade pretty quickly and has already begun speaking the language of appeasement politics. Uddhav has become the proverbial Nero who continues to fiddle while the state is burning under the grip of the corona pandemic. It is high time that Uddhav stops playing to the galleries and takes stock of the situation instead of indulging in PR games. PR may help to boost his image in the short run but in the long run it is actual ground work that would help. This is no time for marketing when lives of people of the state are at stake.

(Featured Image Source: Tarun Bharat)


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