Congress, NCP plan anti-govt ral­lies ahead of win­ter ses­sion

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Pra­fulla Marpak­war @times­

Mum­bai: The NCP led by Sharad Pawar and the Congress led by its state pres­i­dent Ashok Cha­van will take out sep­a­rate pady­a­tras to Nag­pur Vid­han Bha­van to protest CM Deven­dra Fad­navis’s fail­ure to im­ple­ment the farm loan waiver scheme, check de­te­ri­o­rat­ing law and or­der sit­u­a­tion, ar­rest un­em­ploy­ment aris­ing due to de­mon­eti­sa­tion and halt farmer sui­cides.

On De­cem­ber 1, the NCP will start its pady­a­tra from Ya­vat­mal dis­trict, which has wit­nessed the max­i­mum num­ber of farmer sui­cides as well as deaths ow­ing to han­dling of pes­ti­cides. It will cul­mi­nate at Nag­pur on De­cem­ber 11, the first day of the win­ter ses­sion of the leg­is­la­ture. The Congress will take out a rally from Au­rangabad on November 26 and it will reach Nag­pur on De­cem­ber 12.

Se­nior NCP leader Ajit Pawar and State NCP pres­i­dent Su­nil Tatkare said that ever since Fad­navis took over the reins in 2014, he has been mis­lead­ing the farm­ers and giv­ing false hopes and as­sur­ances. “The CM has de­clared that loans will be waived by November 25, I am doubt­ful if the as­sur­ance will be ful­filled at all. I will not be sur­prised if the date is against ex­tended,’’ he said.

Pawar also al­leged that the home depart­ment un­der the lead­er­ship of Fad­navis has col­lapsed. “In CM’s home town, crime graph is on the rise with at least one mur­der ev­ery day,’’ he said.

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