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CM Thackeray Stood His Ground On University Exams Issue: Sena

cm thackeray stood his ground on university exams issue sena

Mumbai, Jun 2 (PTI) Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh

Koshyari insisted on holding the final year exams of degree

students in the current situation, but Chief Minister Uddhav

Thackeray rejected the demand showing "the spine Thackerays

are known for", the Shiv Sena said on Tuesday.

The ruling Shiv Sena also said it is not possible to

hold examinations in the current situation, triggered by the

COVID-19 crisis.

Referring to the lockdown, imposed in March to contain

the spread of the novel coronavirus, an editorial in Shiv Sena

mouthpiece 'Saamana' said people faced strict imprisonment

(due to movement restrictions) for two-odd months.

The Thackeray government in the state has eased

lockdown to a certain extent, but asked people to observe

restraint to ensure the disease is contained, it said.

The direction of life stands completely altered now

and there will be restrictions on the undisciplined behaviour

of many, the Marathi daily said, adding that not observing

discipline can cost life.

Governor Koshyari insisted on holding the final year

examinations of degree courses. The chief minister rejected

the demand showing the spine Thackerays are known for. It is

not possible to hold the final year examinations of

universities in the current situation, the Shiv Sena said.

Students can be considered as having passed on the

basis of semester examinations held in colleges, it said.

The chief minister has made it clear that the academic

year will begin from June itself. "This means schools will

reopen in districts where there is no transmission of

coronavirus, the Thackeray-led party said.

Shops will be reopened in phases, while temples will

remain closed, it said.

The Shiv Sena also suggested the people to use

bicycles while going to markets or shops.

The coronavirus crisis is not yet over. Therefore,

Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi too has said that (people)

cannot afford to behave irresponsibly, the Sena said, citing

a spike in COVID-19 deaths in countries like the US.

It said the US government had eased restrictions to

boost economic activities there and people moved out, but the

step proved detrimental (with rise in COVID-19 cases).

The Thackeray government has supplied limited oxygen

to begin certain business activities, but people will have to

move out in a fettered manner, the Marathi publication said.

It noted that late freedom fighter and social reformer

Lokmanya Tilak had given a call of 'Punashch Hari Om' (bugled

resumption of his activities) when he restarted work at Kesari

newspaper in 1899 after being released from jail during the

British era.

Now, to revive public life, the Thackeray government

has given the call of 'Punashch Hari Om' (by easing lockdown

to some extent), when the country is independent and people

are fettered by the lockdown, the Sena said.

People should not run amok (after easing of

restrictions). People should not cause one to chant Hey Ram

instead of Hari Om. For now, lets welcome the Punashch

Hari Om', it said. PTI ENM




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