The impending cyclonic storm, which might turn into a 'severe cyclonic storm', could pose challenges for Maharashtra which is already battling a steep surge in coronavirus cases, during relief and rescue operations involving many people.
Elaborating about the government's preparedness for the approaching cyclonic storm, the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) tweeted that an alert has been issued for Mumbai city and suburbs, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.
Maharashtra will be among the first states in India enabling final year students to complete their course without giving examinations.
Thackeray said the decision will help intensify the fight against COVID-19 and provide a morale booster to the medical workers.
In a series of tweets over a span of four hours, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said Shramik Special trains that were planned to have originated from Maharashtra failed to do so because of the state's lack of preparedness.
Asserting that there was nothing to worry about the survival of the government, Thorat, who heads Revenue department, said the ruling dispensation is stable and functioning properly.
The two leaders met for about one-and-a-half hours late Monday evening, Raut said while dismissing speculations about the Thackeray-led government's stability.
CM Thackeray also said there is no concrete 'yes' or 'no' answer to whether the lockdown in Maharashtra will be lifted on May 31.
Talking about Mumbai, which is the worst affected Indian city from the novel coronavirus, Fadnavis said there are no beds available for COVID-19 patients in government hospitals in the city, while half of the beds in intensive care units (ICUs) of private hospitals are lying vacant due to the government's flip flops on the matter.
Thackeray made these remarks during his meeting with representatives of the entertainment industry in Mumbai.
The two leaders had discussed the COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra, which has recorded more than 35,000 cases so far, and mitigation measures late last week also along with several state ministers.
At a function held at Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai, Council Chairman Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar administered the oath to Thackeray and others who were elected unopposed to the Upper House on May 14.
Doling out administrative advice to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Chavan, who has been on the top post earlier, said "the first job of the CM is to appoint good IAS officers to the right positions".
The Sena-NCP-Congress government in the state was "Atmanirbhar" (self-reliant), said the Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' in its editorial.
The meeting comes just two days ahead of the end of the third phase of the nationwide lockdown imposed to stem the spread of coronavirus which has so far infected more than 27,500 people in Maharashtra - the highest tally for a state.
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With this election, 59-year-old Thackeray, who is also the president of Shiv Sena, makes his debut as a legislator.
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The CM said precaution must be taken so that the virus does not spread in areas where industrial activities have resumed.
Five out of the 14 nominations were either withdrawn or rejected over technical ground, leaving only nine candidates in the fray for the same number of seats, said an official from Chief Electoral Office of Maharashtra.
In his maiden election affidavit submitted before the Election Commission of India on Monday, Thackeray has revealed details of his financial assets and sources of income.
Thackeray also reportedly requested Modi to allow the resumption of local train services in Mumbai for those engaged in essential services.
The chief minister, who is currently not a member of either of the Houses of the state Legislature, submitted his nomination papers to the election officer here.
Since the Congress had earlier decided to field only one candidate for the May 21 election, there were nine candidates in the fray for as many seats.
"This doesn't mean that Mumbai will be handed over to the Army. Police personnel are tired after working round-the- clock, some have fallen sick and a few of them have succumbed to the virus. They need rest," Thackeray said.