This Raksha-Bandhan has proved to be totally different for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. This is the first time that hundreds of Fadnavis’ sisters held demonstrations against him and reminded him to fulfill the promises he made to them. It is pertinent to recall that the Chief Minister Fadnavis had accepted the widows of farmers who committed suicide as his sisters. The same sisters, hundreds in number, on the occasion of Raksha-Bandhan reached the Ramgiri Bungalow, the official residence of Chief Minister in Nagpur in the hope of receiving promised help. However, the sisters could not meet their brother but got an assurance.
Hundreds of women (sisters) led by Prahar organization President and MLA Bacchu Kadu arrived in Nagpur to meet the Chief Minister to press for their demands. Many of the women had brought Rakhis with them to tie them to their brother. But the CM was not in Nagpur. In the absence of Fadnavis, the Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule met the women. He assured to meet them again on Tuesday to look into their problems. Bacchu Kadu demanded that the widows of farmers should be paid Rs 2000 as pension and benefits of Gharkul housing scheme. The widows should also get food grains at cheap rates on the lines of farmers. Kadu said the Chief Minister is not fulfilling his promise on Minimum Support Price to various crops. For cotton, the Government is paying the rate of Rs 4000 when the farmers spend Rs 5500. He further said that they will wait till Tuesday for Chief Minister’s decision. If Fadnavis fails to take any concrete decision, the sisters will again gatecrash at Ramgiri.
Cops set an excellent example
Anticipating a crowd of hundreds of widows reaching Ramgiri to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis the Nagpur police got themselves geared up, not for any showdown but for sympathy. To quench the thirst on this humid and hot day. The cops placed one or two drinking water tankers in the vicinity of Ramgiri and also deployed constables to continuously offer water to the gathered women.
Keep it up cops!