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Declare drought in state, says BJP

india Updated: Jun 25, 2009 01:17 IST
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The delay in rains has now given the Opposition a stick to brow beat the state government.

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday demanded that the Maharashtra government declare the state “drought-hit”.

“The absence of monsoon will have a three-fold effect. Shortage of drinking water, lack of fodder for livestock and rising unemployment in the rural areas,” said BJP senior leader Gopinath Munde.

“The government should soon declare drought which will at least allow the residents some relief in the form of government sops.”

Munde added that farmers were facing problems, as the kharif crop sowing, which usually takes place between June 4 and 20, has not yet started.

“Even if the rains come now farmers will not be able to sow cash-rich crops like pulses, but only jowar,” Munde added.

Munde termed the economic package that the Cabinet announced at Sindhudurg as “an eyewash”.

“There needs to be special budgetary allocations for such packages. How can the government claim to dole out this money?”

Munde also called for the tabling of the Pradhan committee report on the 26/11 terror attacks and demanded a CBI probe.