Maharashtra Covid curbs: Discussions were held, says Sanjay Raut as BJP, MNS, traders protest

BJP, Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navniram Sena are demanding that non-essential retailers be allowed to stay open for at the least a number of hours in a day.

As merchants of Maharashtra are protesting towards the restrictions imposed throughout the state, Shiv Sena chief Sanjay Raut on Wednesday mentioned discussions had been held with all political events earlier than asserting the restrictions within the state. The selections have been taken for folks’s good, the Sena chief mentioned as BJP and Maharashtra Navniram Sena (MNS) have additionally come out supporting merchants of their demand to open retailers for at the least a number of hours daily.

“Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had held discussions with leaders of all events together with the Chief of Opposition earlier than making the choice. The Maharashtra authorities has taken the choice for the folks’s good. In any other case, the state of affairs can be extra important. I really feel the Prime Minister can also be very involved concerning the surge of Covid circumstances,” Raut mentioned, as reported by information company ANI.

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After a number of rounds of warning to the general public and subsequent consultations with the stakeholders, the Maharashtra authorities of April four introduced new pointers of weekend lockdowns and night time curfew which is able to stay in impact until April 30. Beneath the brand new restrictions, non-essential retailers should stay shut until month finish, which has offended the merchants associations of the state. Since authorities pressed into motion shutting such retailers from Tuesday, protests surfaced on Tuesday night.

In Mumbai, merchants gathered in Borivali and Bhendi Bazaar space of south Mumbai on Tuesday shouting slogans and holding placards to protest the lockdown, information company PTI reported.

The Federation of Commerce Affiliation Pune mentioned it is going to write to the Prime Minister, chief minister and different authorities saying that important retailers draw massive crowds whereas non-essential retailers don’t witness such crowding. In Pune, members of the United Hospitality Affiliation, a physique that represents inns, eating places and bars, staged a protest outdoors the Pune Collectorate Workplace on Tuesday

The Thane BJP has urged the district administration to permit all non-essential retailers to function for at the least 4 hours in a day in order that small merchants are usually not damage. MNS’s Raj Thackeray too mentioned he’s in favour of holding retailers open for at the least two to 3 hours daily.

(With company inputs)

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