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Sena seeks action against BJP leader over remarks on COVID-19

Pune Mar 31 (UNI) The Shiv Sena on Tuesday demanded action against Maharashtra BJP spokesman Avdhut Wagh who tried to link state minister Jayant Patil's criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over lockdown announcement to 25 people contracting COVID-19 in his Assembly constituency in Sangli.
An editorial of Sena mouthpiece " Samana," said that such remarks not just malign the Prime Minister's image, but also hurt the legacy of progressive leaders and social reformers like Jyotiba Phule, Shahu Maharaj and Dr B R Ambedkar.
"What Avdhut Wagh has said is a fit case for taking action under the anti-superstition laws," it said.
"When people venture out violating the lockdown, it is not Modi or the Maharashtra Chief Minister's fault. Those who have hidden their travel history and violated quarantine rules have brought this crisis on the state," the editorial said.
In a bizarre statement, Wagh on Sunday said NCP leader and state water resources minister Jayant Patil has been "punished" for his criticism of Modi.
Patil hails from western Maharashtra's Sangli district, where 25 members of a family from Islampur tehsil have been found to be infected with COVID-19. Islampur is Patil's Assembly constituency.
In a series of tweets, Patil had said instead of announcing the lockdown at 2000 hrs on March 24, the Prime Minister should have given enough time to migrant labourers to make necessary arrangements to face the shutdown impact.
Wagh's comment came as part of his rebuttal to Patil.
Taking a dim view of the BJP leader's remarks, the Sena said, "President Donald Trump is a big fan of Modi and still coronavirus has created havoc in the US. A city like New York has been silenced. Can someone clarify who punished Islampur and New York?".
It said when the virus is spreading its tentacles, BJP spokespersons are saying anything they want.
Jayant Patil is not just a state minister but also president of the Maharashtra NCP. He put forth his view. Why should BJP leaders get so agitated?" the Marathi daily said.

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