Accusing the BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra of being “insensitive” towards farmers in distress, Leaders of Opposition in both Houses of the state Legislature on Wednesday said the government has failed on all fronts.
In a joint press conference, Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and Leader of Opposition in Council Dhananjay Munde said, “The BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra is insensitive towards farmers’ woes. This government has cheated everyone.”
“The Winter Session of the Legislature did not give justice to anyone. The Government announced package for farmers. However, it’s nothing else but cheating. No announcements were made about the cotton, milk rates,” Vikhe Patil said.
Munde alleged that the government cheated farmers and did not give heed to their grievances.
Vikhe Patil demanded a special session of the state legislature to discuss the Vijay Kelkar committee report, which was tabled in the Assembly yesterday. The panel was appointed to study the developmental imbalance in various regions of Maharashtra.
“The government should call a special five day session to discuss the recommendations of the Kelkar panel,” he said.
Accusing the government of not being serious on this panel report, the Congress leader said, “They deliberately tabled the report in the last week of the session. They could have tabled it on the first day also. But, they tried to avoid it, because they are not serious.”
Vikhe Patil and Munde further alleged that the government was “not sincere” on the issue of reservation.
The Assembly passed a bill providing 16 per cent reservation for the Maratha community in education and government jobs, but it left out the Muslims, leading to a vociferous protest by the opposition.
Munde pointed out that there is still no clarity on the issue of Local Body Tax (LBT).