NCP says people are observing black Diwali, thanks to BJP government’s policies
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said while inflation has made life miserable, people have lost jobs because of layoffs and got no incrementsmumbai Updated: Oct 19, 2017 17:47 IST
Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday said people have lost all their happiness and enthusiasm owing to the Centre’s policies, and are “observing a black Diwali”. The party workers also put up black lanterns outside residences of some ministers as mark of protest.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said while inflation has made life miserable, people have lost jobs because of layoffs and got no increments. “In Maharashtra, the situation is worse, as people have to face loadshedding. The state government stopped distributing sugar through the public distribution system (PDS) that could have been used to make festival delicacies. The promise of farm loan waiver, too, proved to be false as waiver certificates issued by the government didn’t have any mention of the amount,” Malik alleged.
NCP leader Chitra Wagh put up black Diwali lanterns outside official residences of ministers, namely revenue minister Chandrakant Patil and water supply minister Babanrao Lonikar.
In the past few weeks, the party has upped the ante against the BJP government and has become more aggressive. The party had said it would launch a non-cooperation movement against the Devendra Fadnavis-led state government, if it failed to disburse loan waiver.
In the recently-held executive committee meeting, Supriya Sule, senior leader and daughter of party chief suggested the NCP take on the BJP government aggressively. Sule said the party’s equation with the BJP and its inconsistency over taking on the government has created confusion among the cadre and masses.
First Published: Oct 19, 2017 17:47 IST