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NCP kicks off Halla Bol Andolan in Marathwada

The party has been demanding loan waiver for the distressed farmers and has also opposed the move to disconnect power if farmers are unable to pay bills.

mumbai Updated: Jan 16, 2018 23:56 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Maharashtra,Maharashtra politics,Sharad Pawar
The 16-day protest will conclude in Aurangabad on January 31 with a rally to be addressed by NCP chief Sharad Pawar. (FILE)

Intensifying its protest against the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government in the state over farmers’ loan, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday restarted its agitation ‘Halla Bol Andolan’ from Osmanabad district of the drought-prone Marathwada region.

The party has been demanding loan waiver for the distressed farmers and has also opposed the move to disconnect power if farmers are unable to pay bills.

“Do not disconnect power of the farmers. Farmers are not the one who siphon off your money. If attempts are made to crush us and the farmers, then we will not allow you to roam,” said Ajit Pawar, senior NCP leader while addressing a rally at Osmanabad.

He also sought peoples’ support for bringing a change in the state regime.

The 16-day protest will conclude in Aurangabad on January 31 with a rally to be addressed by NCP chief Sharad Pawar. The protest rally will cover all the districts of Marathwada region, which has seen a large number of farmer suicides.

This is the second time the party has launched Halla Bol Andolan. In the first phase held in December last year, the party has covered districts of Vidarbha region.

The NCP will soon launch the third phase of its agitation which will cover districts of north Maharashtra.

The NCP has been under criticism for having cordial relations with the BJP leadership. The protest is being seen as an attempt to change its image and preparing for next year polls.

The party’s youth wing is also planning a rally against unemployment in February.

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 23:56 IST