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
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
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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