Keep political differences aside, stand by farmers, says Maharashtra CM

  • Pradip Kumar Maitra, Nagpur
  • Updated: Dec 11, 2015 01:16 IST
Opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil (centre) outside the Vidhan Bhavan in Nagpur on Thursday. (Sunny Shende)

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday came down heavily on the Opposition for stalling the legislature proceedings for three consecutive days and “politicising” the agrarian crisis.

Responding to the allegations of the Opposition, the chief minister said his government was ready to discuss the issue in both the houses before coming out with a bailout package, but the Opposition was not interested in a discussion.

Fadnavis said the state has been facing drought for four consecutive years. “We want to listen to the experiences of the Congress-NCP government in tackling such issues when they were in power for 15 years,” he said.

Fadnavis said the situation was volatile and they need to fight the crisis together. “We should stand by the farmers, keeping our political differences aside,” he said.

Opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said they were not keen on discussing the issue because the farmers in the state are facing an acute crisis and need immediate relief. “We had suggested that an all-party delegation could meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and update him on the unprecedented agrarian crisis in the state and urge him to grant maximum relief,” said Vikhe-Patil.

The Opposition leader pointed out they had discussed the issue in three Assembly sessions, but the government failed to give a bailout package.

Earlier, the opposition tried to stall the proceedings of the House by rushing to the well and shouting slogans against the government. But the speaker continued with the business of the house.

In the legislative council too, the Opposition Congress tried to stall the proceedings by shouting slogans and creating a ruckus that led the deputy chairman to adjourn it once.

When the house re-assembled, the Congress gunned for the BJP-led government on the issue of state advocate general Shrihari Aney’s remarks suggesting a referendum for a separate state of Vidarbha.

Sunil Dutt (Congress) asked how the AG could make such statement that violates the Constitution and oath of secrecy. “The AG is the spokesman of the government and his remarks should be treated as the opinion of the government,” he said, insisting on AG’s immediate removal. He was supported by Jayant Patil (PWP), Sharad Ranpise (Congress) and Neelam Gorhe of Shiv Sena.

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