It was the time, when exactly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announced of the extension of the lockdown till May 3, thousands of migrants from different regions of Bihar, West Bengal and other regions gathered in the Bandra area of Mumbai, in order to protest the decision that has been made, with the demand to be sent their home by any means possible, some of even asked for the permission to walk to their homeland.
After this, the police did a minor lathi-charge to disperse the crowd. Taking a dig at the situation, Aditya Thackeray, minister in Maharashtra government and son of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, attacked the central government. Where he blamed the central government for this, he said that these people are not even asking for food or anything, they have a simple request to be sent to their homes.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Dekhmukh says that hundreds of migrant laborers and workers gathered outside Bandra station may have hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would order to open the state’s borders. He said that the police have told them that the boundaries will not open and the situation is now under their control. The minister said that after assuring the migrants that the state would arrange for their accommodation, the crowd vanished on their own.
Here the opposition party in Maharashtra lashed out at Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his government over the instance of migrant labourers gathering on the streets of Mumbai’s Bandra. Here angered by the situation, Home Minister Amit Shah called Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and expressed concern over the gathering of migrants in Bandra. The Home Minister stressed that such incidents can weaken India’s fight against Coronavirus and the administration has to be vigilant to avoid such incidents. He further said that the Maharashtra government has his support.
Later, Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray extended his gratitude to the central government for their assistance and tweeted, The centre has taken immediate cognizance of the issue and is assisting the state actively. We understand the catch 22 situation centre and states face, I’m thankful to PM & HM for understanding the situation, while trying to ensure the safety of home states of migrants.
As Covid-19 has been implemented on 25th March to contain the pandemic spread, many daily wage laborers have become unemployed. Since then, they have been facing difficulties. Although the authorities and non-governmental organizations have arranged for their food, most of them want to go back to their own places as they are suffering due to the restrictions imposed.