Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut takes dig at Centre, says only 20 people can attend funeral, but 1000 can gather at liquor shops

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut takes dig at Centre, says only 20 people can attend funeral, but 1000 can gather at liquor shops

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who has been very critical about the Centre’s response to coronavirus COVID-19, has yet again taken a dig at the Narendra Modi government for allowing just 20 people to attend a funeral.

Referring to the Centre’s decision to ease restrictions on the sale of alcohol, Raut quipped that only 20 people are allowed to attend a funeral, but 1,000 people can gather near an alcohol shop.

Taking to Twitter, the Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP said, "Only 20 people allowed to gather for a funeral - because the spirit has already left the body. 1000`s allowed to gather near an alcohol shop because the shops have spirits in them." 

It may be noted that Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had earlier announced, "To maintain social distancing, gathering of not more than 50 persons are allowed at wedding functions and not more than 20 persons at last rites of deceased persons." 

Raut had earlier taken a dig at PM Narendra Modi’s “light up lamps” message asking what the government is doing to improve the COVID-19 situation.

While the resumption of liquor sales in the country has been welcomed by the people and the state governments, it has triggered concerns over the rise in COVID-19 cases as people were seen flouting social distancing norms to buy liquor.