25 Covid-19 cases in Sangli a 'punishment' for Jayant Patil: BJP

25 Covid-19 cases in Sangli a 'punishment' for Jayant Patil: BJP

Maharashtra BJP spokesman Avdhut Wagh has sought to link state minister Jayant Patil's criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over lockdow announcement to 25 people contracting coronavirus in his assembly constituency in Sangli district.

Wagh made the bizarre statement on Sunday and said Patil has been "punished" for his criticism of Modi.

Patil, an NCP leader who is that the water resources minister, hails from Sangli in western Maharashtra.

As many as 25 members of an enormous family from Islampur tehsil in Sangli district are found to be infected with COVID-19.

Islampur is Patil's assembly constituency. Waghs comment came as a part of his rebuttal to Patil, who five days ago, had criticised Modi for the way he last week announced the 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Patil, a former state minister of finance , had equated Modi's announcement of lockdown with the 2016 demonetisation decision which had caught everyone unawares and caused hardship to people.

Patil, during a series of tweets, had said rather than announcing the lockdown at 8 pm on March 24, the Prime

Minister should have given enough time to migrant labourers to form necessary arrangements to face the shutdown impact.

However, the BJP spokesperson termed Patil's criticism of Modi as unwarranted.

Wagh said, What happened in Islampur is unfortunate.

But mantriji (a regard to Patil) should remember that if he criticises Modiji unnecessarily he will get punished.

Living during a congested found out led to the spread of the coronavirus in numerous members of the Islampur-based family, officials have said.

"These 25 patients from Islampur tehsil belong to an enormous family living during a congested housing found out and since of that, they got infected," Collector Abhijeet Chaudhari told PTI on Sunday.

Initially, four relations who returned from Saudi Arabia , tested positive for coronavirus on March 23. Within every week , 21 more relations , including a two-year-old boy, were found to possess contracted the infection.