MUMBAI: Leading cabinet members and politicians are violating stringent social distancing norms prescribed by the union health ministry in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
In recent past, not only opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis, but even chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and a section of cabinet members have been seen flouting social distancing norms when with groups of 15 to 20 individuals.
Fadnavis is on a whistlestop tour of hospitals across the state to see for himself the preparedness of the public health department. Accompanied by opposition leader in the legislative council Praveen Darekar, he visited the Nashik district hospital. They were accompanied by more than 50 people.
“We strictly follow social distancing at all our meetings and events and I am very particular about it. But there have been instances of improper behaviour by people despite constant requests from our side. Such instances have been very few because mostly people have recognized the importance of social distancing. We will try to ensure that not even a few such incidents take place in future,” Fadnavis wrote in a text message to TOI.
So far, Fadnavis has visited more than a dozen Covid hospitals and emphasized better treatment protocols should be followed for coronavirus and other patients.
At Matoshri, the residence of Thackeray, more than 25 persons were present around the CM when some councillors returned to the party-fold on Wednesday.
A section of Shiv Sena councillors had joined the NCP in the presence of Ajit Pawar in his hometown of Baramati. A day after the event, when the Sena lodged a strong protest over poaching of its party leaders, the NCP leadership took note of the displeasure expressed by the CM and sent back the councillors.
Earlier, the same leaders had called on Ajit Pawar. There, too, social distancing norms were flouted.
During a meeting convened by woman and child welfare minister Yashomati Thakur at Washim in Vidarbha region, not only were social distancing norms not followed, a large number of people did not wear face masks too.
A senior Congress minister said it is difficult to tackle enthusiastic party workers. “We try to explain them, but they are in no mood to listen,” he said.

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