Thane: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that at the moment he would prefer to open “Arogya Mandir (health facilities) rather than religious temples, apparently referring to the opposition BJP’s agitation seeking reopening of temples in state amid the threats of coronavirus third wave, reported news agency PTI. “Temples can be opened in a phased manner,” he said. The chief minister also said that political parties should avoid holding public gatherings in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was virtually addressing an event to dedicate several public projects of the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation in the district.Also Read - Third Wave of Corona in Maharashtra: State Minister Rajesh Tope Makes BIG Statement | Read Here

Union Minister of State and BJP leader Kapil Patil also attended the program virtually from Delhi. Parts of Kalyan fall in his Bhiwandi Lok Sabha constituency. “Political parties including the Shiv Sena should avoid public gatherings in view of the coronavirus threat,” the chief minister said on this occasion. “We should set an example for people by observing discipline,” said Thackeray, who heads the Sena. Also Read - BMC's Latest Sero-Survey Report Finds Over 86% of Mumbai's Population Have COVID-19 Antibodies

To Patil’s demand that certain roads in the area which are in a poor shape be handed over to the Union government for better development and maintenance, Thackeray said he did not mind doing so. There would always be political differences but when it comes to working for people, “we are all Jan Sevak,” the chief minister said. Also Read - Pune: All Shops to Remain Shut on Sept 19 For Ganesh Visarjan | Read Guidelines Here

‘Can’t believe PM Modi and I had come together’

“I can’t believe that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I had come to Kalyan together during your election campaign,” Thackeray said to Patil, referring to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections when the Shiv Sena and BJP were allies. Now that Patil was part of the Union government, the state government can approach him for any Maharashtra-related work, the chief minister said.

(With inputs from PTI)