December 4, 2016 8:33:10 pm
The Opposition led by Congress and NCP has decided to boycott the customary tea party to be hosted this evening by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the eve of the winter session of the state Legislature. Accusing the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena combine of being inactive on various issues, particularly sufferings of farmers, inadequate prices of farm products, hardships faced by the poor due to demonetisation, and alleged corrupt practices by some ministers, the Opposition parties decided to boycott the tea and informed the Chief Minister about it in a letter sent to him.
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On the course of action regarding House proceedings, Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and his counterpart in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde told reporters it will be decided tomorrow morning.
They alleged the Maharashtra government has failed to provide any major relief to the farmers. The farmers, farm labourers, tribals, backward classes and minorities are feeling unsafe in the saffron regime, they alleged.
There was a demand for reconstruction of crop loan to the farmers but nothing has been done, they said, adding farmer suicides have not stopped.
They said the government was not paying adequate prices for the farm products.
They also alleged the government has misled the members of Dhangar, Muslim and Maratha communities over reservations.
The demonetisation has brought pain and misery to the common man and many persons have died standing in queues outside banks and ATMs while trying to withdraw cash. The rural economy is on the verge of collapse, they claimed.
Other Opposition leaders, including Vijay Wadettiwar, Sanjay Dutt (both Congress), Jayant Patil and Jogendra Kawade (People’s Republican Party), also signed the letter sent to the Chief Minister.
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