Maharashtra Bhushan Heatstroke deaths: Organisers at fault, says Ajit Pawar

The Maharashtra Bhushan Award ceremony was held at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai on Sunday afternoon

Maharashtra Bhushan Heatstroke deaths: Organisers at fault, says Ajit Pawar

The Maharashtra Bhushan Award ceremony was held at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai on Sunday afternoon. Senior social worker Appasaheb Dharmadhikari was honoured with this award. However, as many as 11 people died due to heatstroke after this event, which caused a stir. The strong repercussions of this incident are also seen in the political circles of the state. Many people are still undergoing treatment in hospitals in and around Navi Mumbai. Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray Group chief Uddhav Thackeray, Assembly Opposition Leader Ajit Pawar attacked the ruling party while talking to the media after meeting the injured late at night.

While Uddhav Thackeray criticised that the program was held in the afternoon as Amit Shah did not have time in the evening, Ajit Pawar, said that proper treatment of the injured and proper cremation of the dead should be carried out, then we can investigate who was guilty. 

"Correct death toll should come out"

“Maharashtra Bhushan Award is very important. But today's incident showed what can happen due to laxity. An important program was disrupted. The exact number of people who have died is not yet known. During the time of Uddhav Thackeray, the Chief Minister used to tell us that no number of Corona should be hidden. Tell people the truth. Currently there are patients in different hospitals like MGM Panvel, MGM Vashi, DY Patil, Tata Hospital", said Ajit Pawar on this occasion.

“Earlier the numbers were huge. Then the rumours started. Someone was saying that the number has gone up to 20. Some were saying hundreds of people were seriously injured. When we spoke to men and women there, most of them appeared to be from Raigad, Mumbai, Palghar, Thane, Lonavala in Pune. They said that there was nothing in their stomach. Some said they only ate fruits. Water was available, but the heat was very intense. Some even said that there was a bit of a stampede after the program ended. Some don't know what happened following the event. 

“…this is what the organisers have done wrong”

“We met women from Lonavala. We asked who had sent the car, they said they didn't know. Three or four cars had arrived. We sat in it and came to the event. Some came here on the 15th night. I asked them whether they had bathed etc. So they said no. There was a lot of crowd. The intensity of summer was high. In fact, the organisers have made a mistake in choosing the time of the program in the afternoon during summer. Innocent people among us have died. I offer heartfelt tributes to all of them. We have told the doctors not to take the cost of medicine from them. The Chief Minister has also said that he will spend it", Ajit Pawar has objected to the timing of the program in these words.

“Basically they chose the wrong time. If the event was scheduled at evening, it would have been more appropriate. Because the intensity of the sun is less in the evening. Such programs should not be taken in April-May. Appasaheb Dharmadhikari is a very big name. A large number of people attend their events. It should have been taken care of", he said.

“The treatment of the injured and the cremation of the dead should be attended first. Then why this happened, who is responsible, who has shown laxity, who has ignored, who has chosen the time, all these things come later. We do not want anyone to play politics in this. This should not happen to anyone. But it was a government program. The Chief Minister himself went there and inspected it. There was a budget of INR 13.5 crores for that program. Till date, such amount has not been given for Maharashtra Bhushan programme. This should not have happened even after that", said Ajit Pawar.

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