Tell farmers about the Maharashtra government’s policies for them -- this is the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) counter to the Opposition’s Sangharsh Yatra to demand loan waiver.
In the core committee meeting held at chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s residence Varsha last week, the leadership decided to reach out to farmers with government schemes and initiatives.
At the state executive, which will be held in Pimpri-Chinchwad on April 26 and 27, BJP workers will be given a programme on how to spread the message effectively.
The drive is part of the BJP’s national-level Sampark Abhiyaan from May 26 to June 10 to mark the completion of three years of the Modi government.
“The emphasis will be on the government’s endeavour to solve the agrarian crisis and ensure sustainable development. Party workers will be asked to make the farmers aware of the government’s stand,” said Sudhir Mungantiwar, finance minister and a member of the state BJP’ s core committee.
After the national executive of the party in Bhubaneshwar last week, the Maharashtra and Mumbai units are focussing on the agenda for 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
The city unit too will continue to pitch itself as watchdog for the welfare of the city. At a meeting at Sion in Mumbai on Monday evening, the party will decide the line they will take to demand civic amenities including water supply, roads and transparency in administration.
The decision to be vocal on farmers’ crisis was taken in the backdrop of the Sangharsh Yatra by the Opposition. Six opposition parties tried to galvanise support on the demand for loan waiver.
The Opposition had stalled the house proceedings and boycotted the Assembly proceedings for three weeks during the budget session.
“We believe that the government has done a lot for the farmers and has comprehensive plans to bring about sustainable development in the field of agriculture. By taking them to farmers effectively, we want to garner their support,” said a BJP leader.
In Mumbai, the city unit led by MLA Ashish Shelar will pass resolutions stating their demands and expectations from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the state government. “The stress will be on good and transparent governance in the BMC. We want to leave our impression in the city in the next two years, ahead of the general elections, to ensure maximum support. Similarly, as decided in the national executive, the Mumbai office of the party will have e-library, data collection centre among other facilities to make the office up to the mark. Party’s national general secretary V Satish and city chief Ashish Shelar will address the leaders,” said a leader from city unit.