New Delhi: Lauding Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter on Sunday and said Uddhav Thackeray has been a revelation. The unlikely alliance of Shiv Sena, Congress and the NCP in Maharashtra which came to the power in the state last year mellowed down Shiv Sena’s image of a hard-Hindutva party. The Maharashtra government’s message urging for communal harmony at such testing times in the face of the outbreak of Covid-19 has indeed impressed political watchers. Also Read - Maharashtra News: Shops in Mumbai to Reopen From Friday, Inter-district Movement of People Permitted in MMR
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“Like coronavirus, there is another virus that is emerging which is threatening social harmony, the virus of fake news and communal hatred,” this was what Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said after the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Delhi’s Nizamuddin emerged as a hotspot of coronavirus in India. Thousands of cases have been attributed to that religious gathering. The official handle of CMO Maharashtra has tweeted the same at a time when several BJP ministers, MPs have singled out the gathering and spewed venom against it.
“We will save Maharashtra from this crisis. But, if someone circulates fake news or videos like commodities or notes being smeared with saliva or with inflammatory content, my law will catch up with them. They will not be spared. Don’t do this even for fun. The other day, even Appasaheb Dharmadhikari called me. We have the support and blessings of these people. So, do not try to divide our combined efforts, our unity, which have transcended all political and other divisions. I am requesting Chief Ministers from other States that the Maharashtra Government has done the needful for these workers. Similarly, take care of people from Maharashtra in your states,” Uddhav Thackeray said.
Maharashtra has been the worst hit in the ongoing corona crisis. On Sunday, 26 fresh cases were reported from the state taking the total tally to 661.
Following Uddhav’s example, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Ys Jagan Mohan Reddy too urged for communal harmony. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan too had urged people to stay away from communal hatred.