NCP leader Ajit Pawar and Congress’ Ashok Chavan at Nagpur on Sunday.(SUNNY SHENDE)
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Fadnavis-led BJP government has failed on every front, says Opposition in Maharashtra

Day before state legislature’s winter session begins, Opposition says farmers, tribals, minorities feel unsafe under saffron regime
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Nagpur
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2017 11:25 AM IST

The Opposition led by the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Sunday boycotted the customary tea party hosted by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the eve of the winter session of the state legislature, beginning from December 11.

Launching a scathing attack on the BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra, the leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, and opposition leader in the legislative Council, Dhananjay Munde, described the saffron government as total failure on all the fronts – be it loan waiver to farmers, adequate prices to agricultural products or law and order situation.

Vikhe-Patil and Munde alleged farmers, farm labourers, tribals, backward classes and minorities are feeling unsafe in the saffron regime.

The Opposition also targeted the government for ambiguity in farm loan waiver in the state. The government had announced Rs34,000-crore loan waiver package for needy and distressed farmers. Both the leaders dared the government to come out with a list of beneficiaries of loan waiver scheme in the state.

Vikhe-Patil said the loan waiver was announced in June and since then the government has miserably failed to provide any relief to the farmers. He said the government should put the data of farmers and amount of loan waived on the government website, if it is honest.

Munde said the government had to shift its principal secretary information and technology (IT) department and later sent him on compulsory leave when facing embarrassment on the issue. The Opposition also questioned the government’s style of working as the law and order situation was going from bad to worse.

Quoting the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures, Vikhe-Patil said Nagpur which is home town of chief minister Fadanvis, was among top five cities in the country where crime rate was highest. “Criminals like Munna Yadav (a trusted lieutenant of chief minister Fadnavis) are absconding while leaders like Yashwant Sinha were arrested by the police under this Raj,” he quipped.

Former chief minister Ashok Chavan and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said that the opposition would take out a massive morcha “Halla Bol” on December 12 in protest against government’s failure on all fronts. The march started from Yavatmal around 10 days ago and would reach Nagpur on Monday evening.

“During the march we interacted with several farmers and not a single farmer said that he had benefitted from the loan waiving scheme of the government,” Munde said.

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