Par­ties in blame game as wa­ter cri­sis wors­ens

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sayli Udas Mankikar sayli.mankikar@hin­dus­tan­

MUM­BAI: Marath­wada may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing its worst wa­ter cri­sis in a decade, but a dif­fer­ent bat­tle is brew­ing in po­lit­i­cal cir­cles, ahead of chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis’ cen­tral Ma­ha­rash­tra tour.

When Fad­navis an­nounced that he will tour Marath­wada, Ahmedna g ar and So­la­pur from Septem­ber 1, he also tar­geted the pre­vi­ous Con­gressNa­tion­al­ist Congress Party ( NCP) gov­ern­ment for al­leged cor­rup­tion i n dis­tri­bu­tion of re­lief ma­te­rial. The Op­po­si­tion par­ties, on their part, blamed the gov­ern­ment for flaws in pro­vid­ing re­lief to the af­fected ar­eas.

The bat­tle i s set t o gain mo­men­tum next week, with the NCP threat­en­ing a jail bharo an­dolan start­ing Septem­ber 14. NCP chief and for­mer Union agri­cul­ture min­is­ter Sharad Pawar, who re­cently vis­ited Marath­wada, has said t he gov­ern­ment must get ready to face state-wide protests if they fail to act.

The party’s state unit pres­i­dent Su­nil Tatkare said the gov­ern­ment’s ap­proach has been “too ca­sual”.


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