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Shiv Sena Taunts At PM Modi: Mahabharata Lasted 18 Days,COVID-19 Has Crossed 100 And Still Counting
India's coronavirus cases rose above the 7 lakh mark today and the death toll crossed 20,000
Shiv Sena Taunt At PM Modi: Mahabharata Lasted 18 Days, COVID-19 Has Crossed 100 And Still Counting
New Delhi: The Shiv Sena on Tuesday hit out at PM Modi amidst the pandemic which shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon has said that the battle against coronavirus would be won in 21 days, but it has been over 100 days and the crisis still persists.
The Maharashtra ruling party in its mouthpiece "Saamana" has said that the fight against Coronavirus is more difficult than the war of Mahabharata and also added that the battle against the pandemic will continue till as the vaccine won't be available before that.
Also, the Shiv Sena has expressed concern over India reporting the third-highest coronavirus cases in the world.
Further, the Shiv Sena said that it is unfortunate and serious for the country, which is dreaming to become the financial superpower, to report over 25,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours.
We left Russia behind in terms of the number of cases. We will attain the number one slot in this unfortunate area if the number of cases continues to go up,” the Saamana article said.
“The war of Mahabharata lasted for 18 days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had exuded confidence (in March) that we will win this battle against COVID-19 in 21 days. But it has been over 100 days and the Coronavirus still persists and those fighting it have become tired,” the Shiv Sena claimed.
“The coronavirus will be there and (we) need to live with it…the vaccine for coronavirus will not be available before 2021…that means (we) will have to live with coronavirus at least till then, it said.
Without naming anyone or any party, Maharashtra's ruling party said questions are being raised as to how many days the lockdown will continue.
But when you open the door (ease restrictions), the “messengers (threat) of coronavirus” is right out there, the Marathi publication said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has relaxed lockdown restrictions to some extent, but the threat is still not over, the Sena said.
PM Modi in his first public engagement after the announcement of the nationwide lockdown on March 24, had invoked the Mahabharata war to state that India's battle against COVID-19 continues for 21 days.
During an interaction with the citizens of Varanasi via video-conferencing said that “Mahabharat war was won in 18 days, this war which the whole country is fighting against COVID-19 will take 21 days".
The PM defending the three-week lockdown said that “Our aim is to win this war in 21 days".
PM Modi on March 24 announced a "total lockdown" across the country urging people to “forget about stepping out of their homes” for the next three weeks.
He invoked the epic Ramayana when he said, “Forget about leaving home in the next 21 days. If you cross the Lakshman Rekha, you will invite the virus home.”
However, the lockdown got extended till June 8 and the country is currently in the unlock phase with offices and businesses resuming operation.
India's coronavirus cases rose above the 7 lakh mark today and the death toll crossed 20,000 after another spike in the cases and the death in the past 24 hours. In India coronavirus cases have gone up to 7,19,665 including 22,252 reported in the past 24 hours.
According to the health ministry, the death toll has climbed to 20,160 with 467 new fatalities. The country has recorded over 20,000 cases of the infection for the fifth day in a row.