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Prakash Ambedkar warns of protest if MVA government fails to decide on lifting lockdown

VBA chief Prakash Ambedkar said that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was incompetent in tackling the pandemic and warned of a protest if it doesn’t make a decision on unlocking businesses and activities by August 10..

Prakash Ambedkar warns of protest if MVA government fails to decide on lifting lockdown
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Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar on Thursday warned that his party will launch protests if the Maharashtra government doesn’t take a decision on lifting the lockdown by August 10. Many people in the state have lost their jobs due to the lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, he added. 

While talking to reporters in Pune, Ambedkar said that the Uddhav Thackeray government should clarify its plan to open the public transport services and allow people to start their businesses including shops. 

The shops are being allowed to operate on odd-even (P1-P2) basis which is creating financial troubles for the small shopkeepers, the VBA chief said while adding that the lockdown has adversely affected potters, peddlers and other workers. 

Ambedkar further raised the issue of pending salaries of employees working in Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC). He said that the ST employees have worked even during the coronavirus crisis and haven’t received their salaries for the last two months. 

Moreover, it is being said that ST administration will lay-off 10,000 employees which will add more to the problem of unemployment, he added. 

“Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray should explain why he has imposed restrictions in the state. The Maharashtra government should clarify its plan to allow public transport and all kinds of shops to function. People have lost their jobs during the lockdown period and are suffering due to the economic slowdown,” Ambedkar said.  

The Maharashtra government had extended the lockdown in the state till August 31 midnight and allowed only shopping malls and market complexes to operate under ‘Mission Begin Again’. However, several restrictions still remain. 

The VBA chief said that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was incompetent in tackling the pandemic and warned of a protest if it doesn’t make a decision on unlocking businesses and activities. 

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