Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan on Monday (October 29) said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should celebrate Diwali in drought-affected Marathwada region of the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the nation Happy Diwali’ in his Mann Ki Baat yesterday. But how will the drought-struck farmers of Marathwada celebrate Diwali? I request the PM to spend Diwali in Marathwada this year. The sorrow and distress of the people of Marathwada need urgent national attention, Chavan said.
He was speaking at a rally in Parbhani as part of the Congress’s statewide Jan Sangharsh Yatra.
Chavan used the platform to criticise Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for giving interviews to media on occasion of completing four years in office. Why is the CM busy pulling publicity stunts instead of supervising drought relief operations personally. Why is he giving interviews in Mumbai about the drought in Maharashtra? He should be in Marathwada, listening to the plight of the farmers.
Taking pot shots at Latur’s guardian Minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar for inspecting drought situation in the night, Chavan said, The government is only completing formalities during its drought study tour instead of listening to the demands of farmers. Ministers are reviewing drought preparations at night with mobile phone torches. This is a cruel joke.
There is a grave scarcity of fodder in Marathwada that is not being addressed by the government. District collectors should be allotted Rs 25 crore each to release emergency provisions in the region, he said.
Chavan, along with top Congress leaders from across the state, is leading the third phase of the Jan Sangharsh Yatra across 27 Legislative Assembly constituencies in Marathwada. The previous phases had covered western Maharashtra and north Maharashtra, moving across more than 50 Assembly constituencies.