Former chief minister and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Chavan said that Congress would bring adjournment motion in the state assembly on Monday to discuss farmers’ plight. He also revealed Congress’ plans to bring privilege motion against the BJP-Sena government in the state assembly during the ongoing budget session for not coming to rescue of farmers facing critical condition in the state.
Chavan sought that chief minister Fadnavis meet PM Narendra Modi along with leaders of all parties from the state to seek loan waiver package for farmers.
On Sunday, Chavan held meeting with senior leaders of Congress to finalize the concluding ceremony of 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. “The concluding ceremony will be organized on April 11 at Kasturchand Park. AICC president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Gulab Nabi Azad, Digvijaya Singh and other senior leaders of Congress will attend the ceremony. Sonia will also visit Deekshabhoomi after arriving in the city,” he said.
Terming the situation of farmers in the state as serious, Chavan said improper policies of the state government is resulting in rise of farmer suicides. “The State announced 14,708 villages as drought-hit on October 20, 2015. Six districts of Nagpur division and four of Amravati division were not included in the drought-hit list despite annewari being below 50 paise. President of Congress’ Yavatmal unit Devanand Pawar had to file petition in the High Court. Fortunately the HC directed the state to include 4,627 villages of Amravati division in drought-hit list. It proves that the state is not at all serious about farmers and the critical situation prevailing in the state,” he said.
Coming down heavily on the government, Chavan said, “It is very unfortunate that people like Vijay Mallya fled the country causing a loss of Rs10,000 crore while farmers are left with no option but to commit suicide despite owing minimal loans.”
Chavan said that the UPA government gave loan waiver package to rescue farmers.
“The state is facing drought situation for three consecutive years. We do not like to always demand loan waiver for farmers. But loan waiver for farmers is the need of the hour,” he said.
Justifying the decision to suspend MIM’s MLA Waris Pathan, Chavan said, “Speaker of the state assembly took the decision as per the situation, but the BJP and Shiv Sena should avoid giving certificate of patriotism.”
Slamming the Central government over Urdu litterateurs’ issue, Chavan questioned the Human Resources Ministry’s missive that Urdu litterateurs obtaining assistance from the government should not write against the government. “Are Urdu litterateurs antinational if they write against the government,” he questioned.