Pawar pulls up Fadnavis govt for neglecting farmers


Nashik: In a sarcastic remark aimed at “two-faced” attitude of the state government, senior NCP leader and former dy chief minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar yesterday termed the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP government in the state as “Tamasha of Kalu-Balu”. Pawar, however, ruled out possibility of mid-term polls in the state.

He warned the government that the issue of loan waiver to farmers will be raised in the state Assembly as the farmers have still not benefitted since the announcement was made.

“The loan waiver announcement made by the government is misleading as the farmer is more hassled by the terms and conditions imposed to avail the benefits. As the farmers have so far not received benefits from the loan waiver, we would raise the issue in the state legislature,” Pawar warned.

Accusing the ruling Sena-BJP govt of indulging in ‘drama’ politics by citing the example of famous Tamasha of Kalu-Balu, the former dy chief minister said, “The ruling alliance has nothing to do with the people and farmers of the state. They are more interested in political duplicity, hypocrisy and diverting the attention of the people from core issues.”

NCP State president Sunil Tatkare, women’s wing president Chitra Wagh, youth wing president Sangram Kote-Patil and ‘Yuvati’ wing president Smita Patil were among those present.

Govt has made Rs 34000-crore farm loan waiver announcement to give relief to financially distressed farmers. The govt had also announced Rs 10,000 as an advance to the farmers. However, the farmers neither benefitted from the sops nor they received any financial benefit from the loan restructuring, Pawar said while addressing the party workers at Tupsakhare Lawns here. The senior NCP leader charged that the government was not firm on its stand and had changed the GR thrice.

He challenged the government to declare the list of farmers who actually benefitted from the loan waiver.
MLC Hemant Takle, Jaydev Gaikwad, Pankaj Bhujbal, Jaywant Jadhav, Dipika Chavan, ex MP Madhavrao Patil, ex MLA Dileep Bankar and district chief Adv Ravindra Pagar were present among a large number of party workers.