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Opposition all set to corner Fadnavis government in the monsoon session of Maharashtra state legislature

PartiamentThe Fadnavis government is likely to face tough challenges in the monsoon session of Maharashtra Legislature which is beginning today. The government already has received flak over the Chikki Scam, Vinod Tawde’s fake degree row, rising farmer suicide, farm long waiver, law and order situation and more than 100 deaths in the hooch tragedy. Congress, NCP and other opposition parties have united to raise these issues in the monsoon session. They have already boycotted the chief minister’s tea party event for protesting against the rising number of farmer suicides in the state. The opposition plans to take on the government on poor state of finances especially when the revenue deficit is estimated to rise to Rs 7,000 crore from the budget estimate of Rs 3,757 crore by end of 2015-16. Of late the government’s image has taken a severe beating due to the scams which has been unveiled in the state. The rift between Shiv-Sena and BJP too is not helping the government’s cause.

Opposition leader in the legislative assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil has threatened to disrupt the proceedings of the legislature until the government waives off farmer’s loan. According to him 1,576 farmer suicides have been reported in the state in last seven months and many of them have been denied compensation. This is the third successive year of drought in the state but the state government is overlooking the interest of the farmers.

He said “We will not let the House run unless the government announces a complete loan waiver for the farmers.” The Congress leader also said that they would raise the issue of corruption cases against BJP ministers. “The BJP government has been surrounded by scams even before they completed one year in power. First it was Vinod Tawde who forged educational certificates and then Pankaja Munde who has been accused of awarding contracts worth Rs 206 crore.”

The Congress had held demonstrations across the state to protest against the rising farmer suicides. All the senior Congress leaders participated in the protests criticised the government’s agriculture policy and demanded a complete loan waiver to the farmers.

Dhananjay Munde, Leader of opposition in Legislation Council said that he would demand that loans taken by debt-ridden farmers to be waived.

“We have been demanding complete loan waiver for farmers from 24,000 villages that were hit by the drought. Out of the Rs 4,000-crore package announced for farmers affected by unseasonal rain and hailstorms in March last year, Rs 800 crore is yet to reach farmers,” Mr Munde said.

Minister of State for Urban development Ranjit Patil’s name was registered in two different assembly constituencies. RTI activist Vikrant Kate has claimed that Mr Patil and his family members have registered themselves in the electoral list of the Election Commission as electorates in the Akola East and Murtizapur assembly constituencies.

Congress leader Sachin Sawant said, “Patil and his family members name are included in two electoral lists which is a violation of the Representation of the People’s Act, 1951. Thus the voting rights can be misused by him.”

In Akola, he has registered himself as Ranjeet Patil and in Murtizapur, his name was found as Ranjit Patil, while other details such as father’s name, surname, as well as family unit remained the same.

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said, “The revelation clearly shows that it has been done intentionally with criminal motives. Mr Patil has no right to be in office, he should be removed from the council of ministers.”