Fadnavis govt set to face Cong on­slaught in the win­ter ses­sion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Pradip Ku­mar Maitra pradip­maitra@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAG­PUR: The Deven­dra Fad­nav­isled gov­ern­ment is set have a tough time in the up­com­ing win­ter ses­sion of the state leg­is­la­ture that be­gins in Nag­pur on De­cem­ber 7. The op­po­si­tion, Congress and NCP, are ex­pected to cor­ner the gov­ern­ment on sev­eral is­sues such as “poor re­dres­sal of the drought-like sit­u­a­tion in the state”, ris­ing prices of es­sen­tial com­modi­ties, in­tol­er­ance and de­te­ri­o­rat­ing law and or­der sit­u­a­tion, among oth­ers.

“There is a wide­spread dis­con­tent with the gov­ern­ment’s per­for­mance across all sec­tions of so­ci­ety,” said Ashok Cha­van, for­mer chief min­is­ter and Congress’ state unit chief.

The Congress has planned a march on Tues­day, the sec­ond day of the ses­sion, to protest against the gov­ern­ment’s in­ac­tion on farmer sui­cides, in­creas­ing agrar­ian dis­tress and other is­sues. Cha­van said the protest march would in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all sec­tions of the so­ci­ety. For­mer CMs Prithvi­raj Cha­van, Narayan Rane, for­mer state unit chief Manikrao Thakre and se­nior lead­ers Patan­grao Kadam, Shiva­ji­rao Desh­mukh, Har­shaward­han Patil along with state youth Congress chief Vish­wa­jit Kadam are ex­pected to be part of the protest march.

How­ever, rev­enue min­is­ter Ek­nath Khadse said the gov­ern­ment has “done a lot” in one year and it was ready to face the op­po­si­tion on the floor of the House.

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