Govt in­com­pe­tent if can’t pro­vide bus pass: Ud­dhav

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: Shiv Sena pres­i­dent Ud­dhav Thack­eray has at­tacked the Deven­dra Fad­navis govern­ment yet again say­ing it had no right to be in power af­ter fail­ing to pro­vide free bus passes to stu­dents.

“If the govern­ment is un­able to pro­vide bus passes to stu­dents in ru­ral ar­eas, we are in­com­pe­tent to rule the state,” said Thack­eray on Sun­day dur­ing his Marath­wada tour.

Thack­eray, who is in Marath­wada to dis­trib­ute re­lief to drought-hit farm­ers, also crit­i­cised the state govern­ment’s in­abil­ity to pro­vide re­lief to farm­ers and their fam­i­lies.

The Sena chief dis­trib­uted goats and Rs10,000 each to around 1,000 farm­ers in Jalna, Nanded and Parb­hani, which are among the worsthit dis­tricts. He said govern­ment of­fi­cials should im­prove their func­tion­ing or face con­se­quences.

“The of­fi­cials not pay­ing heed to di­rec­tives from po­lit­i­cal bosses will be dealt with Sena style,” he said.

In an­other in­ci­dent, Sena MP and ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor of the party’s mouth­piece Saamna San­jay Raut, in his Sun­day col­umn, ques­tioned the def­i­ni­tion of ‘Ac­chhe Din’ of the Modi-led NDA govern­ment at the Cen­tre.

“Will the prom­ise to usher in Ac­che Din ever ma­te­ri­alise? Ma­ha­rash­tra, Haryana, Ch­hat­tis­garh, Mad­hya Pradesh, Ra­jasthan as well as Jammu and Kash­mir have BJP gov­ern­ments, but the peo­ple of these states are still look­ing for Ac­chhe Din,” Raut said. Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi won’t be present dur­ing the dis­cus­sion in the Lok Sabha as he is in Paris for the cli­mate change con­fer­ence. How­ever, the PM will be back in Delhi when the Ra­jya Sabha takes up the dis­cus­sion on Tues­day as he is sched­uled to leave Paris Mon­day night. The de­bate on in­tol­er­ance comes two days af­ter the Prime Min­is­ter met Con­gress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi and for­mer PM Man­mo­han Singh at his Race Course Road res­i­dence to dis­cuss the con­tentious GST bill.

Par­lia­men­tary af­fairs min­is­ter M Venka­iah Naidu told re­porters in Vizag on Sun­day that the govern­ment was ready to dis­cuss the is­sue of in­tol­er­ance in the on­go­ing ses­sion pro­vided the Op­po­si­tion al­lowed the House to func­tion. He al­leged that the Op­po­si­tion and some “pseudo-in­tel­lec­tu­als” were ex­ag­ger­at­ing stray in­ci­dents that had oc­curred in states be­ing ruled by “the Con­gress and their friends” to tar­nish In­dia’s im­age.

“The BJP govern­ment is ready to dis­cuss the is­sue of in­tol­er­ance if Op­po­si­tion shows tol­er­ance and al­lows the House to func­tion,” Naidu said.

This week, the govern­ment pro­poses to take up three bills in the Ra­jya Sabha, in­clud­ing Preven­tion of Cor­rup­tion (Amend­ment) Bill, the Whis­tle Blower Pro­tec­tion (Amend­ment) Bill and the Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice (Care and Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren) Amend­ment Bill. The Bills for con­sid­er­a­tion and pas­sage in the Lok Sabha, in­clude the Bureau of In­dian Stan­dards Bill, the Car­riage by Air (Amend­ment) Bill, the Mi­cro, Small and Medium En­ter­prises De­vel­op­ment (Amend­ment) Bill, the Elec­tric­ity (Amend­ment) Bill, and the Fac­to­ries (Amend­ment) Bill.

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