Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today urged the people of the state to celebrate the festival of Diwali without bursting crackers, especially in public places.
While addressing the people of the state today, Mr Thackeray wished everyone on the occasion of Diwali.
He said this year, starting from Holi, we all celebrated festivities in a simple manner. The people of Maharashtra have shown support and cooperation over the last 6-8 months. He also called for the co-operation of people during the festival of Diwali.
"I have been told that the increase in cases, in Delhi, is due to the pollution, which is why we need to avoid bursting crackers, this Diwali. While there is no need to ban crackers, I want people to believe that we can celebrate the festival, as always, without imposing the law," Mr Thackeray said.
The Chief Minister said that coronavirus cases in Mumbai, Pune and areas across Maharashtra have reduced and activities across Maharashtra have gradually resumed. He stated that it is a sign of growth and vitality, however, one needs to be careful in such scenarios and avoid forming crowds. He stated that people have to be careful to avoid a second wave.
Mr Thackeray said that though the COVID-19 crisis is under control, the fortnight after Diwali would be crucial for the state. "Everyone has been asking about the reopening of temples, let me assure you that we will open them soon. However, we will have to let Diwali and following 15 days pass by. It is our duty to take care of our elders and the decision has been taken keeping their health in mind," he said.
The Chief Minister said that citizens in Mumbai have also been wondering about the local train services and assured them that talks are underway with the Centre.
Finally, Mr Thackeray urged the people to wear masks and said that follow the COVID-19 safety norms. "Today we do not have any vaccine for COVID and so wear a mask, maintaining distance, and washing hands will only help us stay healthy. Many people in Mumbai and outside don't wear masks and this won’t be accepted. Action will be taken against those who don’t follow the norms," he asserted.