The Congress on Friday hit out at the BJP government for the spiralling prices of tur dal and other pulses. Firing a volley at the government, Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan said, “Dal mein kuch kala hai.”
He went on to claim that hoarders were being sheltered by the government. “The government is shielding them. This is what gives them the courage to inflate prices,” Chavan said.
Chavan, a former chief minister, also questioned the government’s “intention” behind first lifting stocking limits and then imposing them again, when the prices had similarly spiralled in 2015.
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“The state government does not seem serious about controlling prices,” he said.
In the recently concluded Assembly session of the state legislature, Prithviraj Chavan, another former CM, had raised allegations against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Girish Bapat for the decisions taken in this regard in 2015. Questioning the role of the ministers, Prithviraj Chavan had demanded a judicial probe into the matter, but the government had rubbished these allegations.
On Friday, the state Congress chief also announced that party leaders from the state would embark on a three-day tour to drought-hit areas from May 5 to take stock of the crisis and highlight challenges faced by farmers.
Nationalist Congress Party’s Supriya Sule and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s Raj Thackeray have made similar trips to drought-hit areas this week. Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray, too, had recently conducted a drought tour.
Meanwhile, on Kanhaiya Kumar’s visit to Mumbai on Saturday, Ashok Chavan said it was the responsibility of the state government and the police to ensure protection to him. “There is a constant attempt to muzzle opinions against the government,” he said.