Photo by BL SONI
Photo by BL SONI

Mumbai: Opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were aggressive on the first day of monsoon session that began on Monday. Leader of Opposition (LoP) from NCP Dhananjay Munde tabled an adjournment motion citing “failure” of the state government to provide relief to the farmers. The motion was strongly opposed by the ruling party in the Upper House (Legislative Council) and later it was rejected by Council Chairman Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar.

Munde alleged that not a single rupee benefit has reached the farmers, despite the state government declaring Rs. 34, 000 crore loan waiver. It was evident that there was a complete failure on part of the state government to provide relief to the farmers, he said. Munde was strongly opposed by Council leader and state Minister Chandrakant Patil. “The opposition party is giving false information to the House as the state government is working positively on the issue and is willing to address the problems faced by farmers,” Patil said.

Another NCP legislator, Sunil Tatkare, slammed the government and remarked that they (BJP) are in a state of confusion. “State farmers need a provision of Rs 34, 000 crore to waive off their loans completely but so far the government is working on Rs.20,000 crore provision only. How will the remaining demand of Rs. 14,000 crore be met? Even the banks are confused about the loan waiver amount. Also Rs.10,000 was to be given to individual farmers as crop loan, but that too not distributed,” he said.

Tatkare further claimed in the Upper House that if any farmer has received Rs. 10, 000 till date from government, then he himself will greet them. “Let the ruling party give the list of names who have benefited,” he added.

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