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Government broke promise of LBT, toll-free Maharashtra: opposition

The opposition Congress and NCP in Maharashtra said the Devendra Fadnavis government, which would be completing 100 days on February 7, had reneged on pre-poll promises of scrapping road toll and LBT and failed to provide succour to the farmers.

State NCP chief Sunil Tatkare said there was increase in farmer suicides, and government appeared to be insensitive to the woes of the farmers who were reeling under drought.

“This is nothing but a government that runs on twitter,” Tatkare said, in an apparent dig at Fadnavis who often makes announcements through the micro-bogging site.

The NCP leader said though 100 days was a short time to judge, there was no evidence of concrete steps being taken to help the farmers, including soya, paddy growers and milk producers. Paddy procurement was yet to start, he said.

Referring to the plan to shift the proposed international finance centre from Mumbai to Gujarat, Tatkare said NCP will not allow anything that would reduce Mumbai’s importance as the financial nerve-centre of the country.

Congress spokesperson Ratnakar Mahajan said that Fadnavis government did nothing to implement its promise to scrap road toll and local body tax (LBT).

“After coming to power, they realised that scrapping LBT is not easy and said it would be done after alternative is found. While on toll, the ministers are saying that toll-free Maharashtra was never an election promise,” Mahajan said.

He also said that supply of foodgrains to above-poverty-line beneficiaries of PDS, who were supposed to get 25 kg of foodgrains under the Food Security Act, had stopped and the Centre had reduced the budgetary provision for implementation of the act by Rs. 10,000 crore.

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