Congress, NCP divided on drought

NCP wanted to take up the farmers’ cause through debate on the floor of the House in the Assembly and the Council.

| Nagpur | Published: December 9, 2015 1:12 am

In less than 24 hours after pledging perfect floor coordination, the Congress and the NCP on Tuesday exposed the divide on the farmers’ issue in the Assembly and the Council.

At the outset, the Congress decided to take its battle against the government’s “failure” in tackling drought to the streets by holding a massive rally. Whereas, the NCP wanted to take up the farmers’ cause through debate on the floor of the House in the Assembly and the Council.

The ruling BJP-Shiv Sena decided to score brownie points on both by proposing a debate after Question Hour. Leader of the Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said, “The government should declare a total loan waiver to provide relief to the farmers. The Congress would not settle for anything less than loan waiver.”
Congress leaders said, “The debate would not make any difference to the farmers unless it is adequately backed by a loan waiver.” But senior NCP leader Jayant Patil stood up and said, “The government should set aside all scheduled business and take up the debate on drought.”

Revenue and Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse said, “We are ready to set aside the Question Hour and take up the debate on drought.” However, the Congress rejected the proposal.

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