DF govt failed misreably in tackling drought: Rane

  • Press Trust of India, PTI, Nagpur
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  • Updated: Jun 06, 2003 12:18 IST
Narayan Rane, the leader of opposition in Maharashtra assembly, on Thursday alleged that the Democratic Front (DF) government had failed in tackling the severe scarcity situation and providing potable drinking water to people in drought-hit areas of the state.

The plight of the people in scarcity-affected areas was miserable and they were neither provided job under the employment gurantee scheme (EGS) nor paid wages regularly, the senior Shiv Sena leader told reporters here.

'The government has not provided any relief to the affected people, particularly farmers, despite assurances. The load shedding lasting for about 10 to 12 hours has also added to the woes of the people in rural areas', he said.

On Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhubal's proposal of extending reservations to the upper castes, Rane pointed out that it would require an amendment to Article 16 (4) of the Constitution and added Bhujbal was raising the issue after enjoying powers for three and half years with an eye on assembly elections.

On the possibility of mid-term elections in the state, Rane said it looked possible going by the statement of Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

Stating that the DF government was most 'incompetent' that the state has ever witnessed, the Sena leader alleged that all the ministers, right from the Chief Minister, were induldging in corruption.


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