Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President Manikrao Thakre has pulled up BJP government in the state saying that Devendra Fadnavis-led coalition government has completed 100 days of its existence but purely failed to live up to the promises it made before the elections. Addressing media persons at a press conference held at Hotel Tuli Imperial here on Saturday, Thakre also announced protests will be staged on February 9 at district level and if the government would not mend its ways a drive to send letters to recall PM would be initiated from every village. A book titled ‘Ghoshnabaaj Sarkarche 100 Diwas’ was also released on the occasion.
Industrialists at advantage
Thakre said that Fadnavis government has squarely failed on all fronts. The government is blindly ignoring poor people, farmers, laborers and other welfare schemes while actively lobbying up its efforts for the capitalists and industrialists.
Injustice to farmers
He lamented that the cases of farmers’ suicide are increasing in Vidarbha and Marathwada as they suffered huge losses in their crops. He questioned the government’s silence on providing relief package to the affected. He said 8 farmers have committed suicide in Vidarbha during the last two days only which is the testimony of pure injustice to the poor farmers.
20% hike in power bills
He also alleged that Fadnavis government has amended the bill brought out by the former Congress-NCP government to provide relief to electricity consumers. Now the electricity rates have been hiked by 20% to add to the woes of poor power consumers.
Some caste politics
Thakre also took the opportunity to play up caste cards alleging that the BJP government has clearly overlooked the issue of reservation to Marathas, Muslims and Dhangars.
Ahmedabad scores over Mumbai
Coming down heavily on Fadnavis, Thakre alleged that Mumbai has been the nation’s financial capital but now Ahmedabad is being given that share, thanks to PM Narendra Modi and BJP Amit Shah who dictate terms to Fadnavis. He said UPA government at the Centre made efforts to establish International Financial Industries Centre at Mumbai whereas the BJP government reversed the decision to take this centre to Ahmedabad.
Toll-free state – a promise in air!
Recalling the promise made by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari that Maharashtra would be made toll free, he said a remarkable difference is noticed in the words and action. Congress led Democratic Front Government had made due efforts to establish the memorials of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj but BJP took least interest in taking the project forward.
LBT not abolished yet
He said Fadnavis has been coming up with every new dates when it comes to abolishing Local Body Tax (LBT). Despite the 60% fall in the crude price, prices of petrol and diesel have been reduced by only 15% and this was done to benefit pump owners, he alleged.
Besides Thakre, Leader of Opposition in State Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, MLA Suneel Kedar, Nitin Raut, Rajendra Mulak, Satish Chaturvedi, Vikas Thakre, Abhijit Wanjari and others were prominently present in the press conference.