Mumbai : Senior Congress leader Narayan Rane blasted the State government here on Thursday saying the government has failed on all counts and is doing nothing but running the Congress schemes by repackaging them.
Rane, who levelled a series of allegations against the State government during his press conference at the state Congress headquarters here, said that Chief Minsters’ assurance of spending Rs 25,000 crore over a period of five years to overcome the agrarian crisis was made without making proper provision for the same.
“His promise is based on amalgamation of various existing schemes initiated by the previous Congress-NCP government,” Rane said. He also alleged that the BJP government had failed to render any relief to farmers.
Mentioning about government’s alleged plan to rename the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi health scheme, Rane said it was started by the previous government to provide medical facilities to BPL and APL families.
To a query why the Congress did not raise the issues in the recently concluded Monsoon session, Rane said his party instead protesting outside the Assembly, it could have raised the issues in the house and forced adjournments.
“Fadnavis has nothing new to offer to the farmers. We should have attacked the government on this issue and his assurances should have been torn to shreds,” he said.
When asked if he was publicly criticising Congress, Rane said his comments are a piece of advice and guidance and should not be seen as criticism.
Rane also announced that he will undertake a state-wide tour later this month from Nagpur.
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Chikki sparks war between Rane, Khadse
When asked for comments over his name being propped up in the ‘Chikki Scam’, Rane said that he has taken the decision to allot the contract to ‘Suryakanta Chikki’ after the then Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse recommended it and followed up the issue several times. “Khadse had written a letter to me and it is still in my possession,” Rane said.
When contacted, revenue minister Eknath Khadse refuted the allegation and in a sarcastic comment said, “I’m happy that the ex-minister is saying that he used to obey me back then.”
“Since Rane lost two consecutive elections, he has ample time at his disposal now for research. Result of his research would benefit all,” Khadse added.