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Oppn to sharpen attack over farm loan waivers


Script writer Salim Khan and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at an iftar party that the latter organised in Mumbai on Monday. — BL SoniMumbai : Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, RSS Leader, Indresh Kumar, Bollywood actor Salman Khan's father, Salim Khan, fillmaker Subhash Ghai and BJP State minister, Pankaja Munde during an Iftaar Party in Nazam house Dongri Mumbai.

After the assembly was adjourned over the issue on Sunday, Oppn leaders stage a protest on Monday

Mumbai : The opposition was aggressive on the first day of the monsoon session of the assembly and they are expected to step up the aggression as the government is saying a firm ‘no’ to their demand of a complete farm loan waiver.

Leader of Opposition in the legislative assembly Radhakridhna Vikhe-Patil told reporters after the adjournment of the house on Monday that the opposition would sharpen its attack on Tuesday.

“It was very unfortunate that the chief minister has refused to agree to the complete farm loan waiver. The mere rearrangement of loans won’t be able to bring any relief to the farmers, who are under severe stress after two consecutive years of drought. Hence, we shall sharpen our attack tomorrow and won’t let the house run,” Vikhe-Patil said.

According to estimates, the complete farm loan waiver would need Rs 13,000 crore, he added later.

Earlier in the day, aggressive opposition leaders staged demonstrations at the entrance of the assembly building, shouting slogans against the government and trying to block Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ path as he was entering the building.

The members carried placards with slogans. “How many more sacrifices of farmers do you need?” read one of these placards.

Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, too, were seen among the opposition legislators who staged the protest.

However, soon after that the house gathered for business, the house was adjourned after some ordinances were laid on the table of the house and the condolence motion moved by the chief minister was discussed.

The assembly paid rich tributes to Shiv Sena MLA Krishna Ghoda and 10 other former members, including ministers who died recently. Fadnavis moved the resolution of condolence. It was supported by Vikhe-Patil.

New members of the house, Suman Patil (NCP) and Trupti Sawant (Shiv Sena), were introduced to the house.

The ordinances tabled on Monday included an amendment to the Marine Fishing Regulation Act, Entertainment Duty Act, Fisheries Act and Land Revenue Code Act, apart from the supplementary demands for 2015-16.

Oppn taunts govt with nursery rhymes

The Opposition shouted slogans on Monday against the ministers against whom they have levelled corruption charges. Along the lines of the popular nursery rhyme, ‘Johnny Johnny… Yes Papa’, they cried slogans against women and child welfare minister Pankaja Munde, who is facing allegations in a Rs 206-crore procurement scam for Anganwadi workers, education minister Vinod Tawde, who is under attack over his educational qualification and the procurement of fire extinguishers for schools without e-tendering, and water supply and sanitation minister Babanrao Lonikar.

Shashikant Shinde (NCP) led the protest by shouting slogans like “Pankaja Pankaja…Yes Papa…Eating Chikki… Yes Papa”, “Vinod Vinod…Bogus Degree…Yes Papa” and “Lonikar Lonikar…Don Baika (two wives)…Haha Ha”.