Union agriculture minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar has fired yet another salvo at the Congress, his alliance partner at the Centre.
Pawar, who is on a two-day visit to drought-hit Satara -- part of his Madha Lok Sabha constituency -- expressed his displeasure over the state government’s handling of the drought. This time, he did not even spare Governor K Sankaranarayanan.
Pawar told reporters a month ago, he had visited the governor to apprise him of the drought situation and request him to visit the areas affected, since the governor was empowered to sanction special funds.
“The governor is not willing to come out of Raj Bhavan. We are doing whatever we can,” Pawar said on Wednesday.
He also took a dig at chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who had visited parts of Satara and Sangli last week. Chavan, who had eaten a meal with the locals, had not provided any relief for the drought-hit areas either.
Pawar said the drought cannot be tackled by merely breaking bread with the people.
This is third time Pawar has expressed his displeasure with the Congress. Earlier, he had criticised PM Manmohan Singh’s remark about UPA partners. Later, he blamed the Congress for not following alliance norms in the zilla parishad polls.