Lack of coordination in the government of Maharashtra regarding COVID-19: Devendra Fadnavis

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“There is a lack of coordination between the ministers,” he said. (Archive photo)

Mumbai:

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday that there was a lack of coordination between the three government voters Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) and also between chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and his cabinet in the fight against COVID -19.

Fadnavis also said that MVA voters keep saying that they stand by the chief minister, but that their actions do not reflect him.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly also called for coordinated efforts and single-command decision-making in the face of the pandemic.

The Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress formed the MVA last year after the assembly elections to form the state government.

Fadnavis made the remarks while responding to questions from reporters about the minister minister of Thane, Eknath Shinde, who was allegedly unaware of the transfers of some municipal commissioners in the district.

Fadnavis was also questioned about a meeting between Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar that took place on Friday when some NCP and Congress ministers were dissatisfied with the chief minister for the extension lockdown in the state until July 31.

“I have said from day one that coordination is not visible to the Aghadi. There is no coordination in government too.

“There is a lack of coordination between ministers and also between cabinet and the chief minister. Coordination must be there,” Fadnavis told reporters in Navi Mumbai.

The former chief minister also said that a decision like extending the foreclosure should be “widely considered”.

“I don’t think there should be a lockout. But now we’re unlocked, we can think of a partial lockout in a certain area. We can think of a larger lockout if the situation gets really out of hand .

“But if we block politics, we can never get out of it. Therefore, we have to think differently and consider collective wisdom,” he added.

Fadnavis also dismissed questions that some senior BJP leaders were dissatisfied with the party’s new executive committee announced on Friday.

Fadnavis said that he, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, other senior leaders such as Eknath Khadse, Vinod Tawde, Pankaj Munde and Sudhir Mungantiwar are among the executive’s special guests.

“I am a party worker. So the one who heads the executive is mine and I am theirs. He is an executive who thinks of everyone.

“The central BJP searched for names for the central executive. We gave them a few names. One name you know, there are two or three other names,” he added.

He also urged the government to increase COVID-19 testing in the state.

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