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Corruption charges, farmer suicides to rock Maha session

Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai:  Opposition Congress and NCP today boycotted the customary tea party hosted by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and demanded that Ministers facing allegations of corruption be sacked and probe be launched against them.

Addressing a press conference ahead of monsoon session of Maharashtra Legislature that begins here tomorrow, Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and his counterpart in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde said the opposition will not let the proceedings to be smooth.

Corruption charges against Ministers, farmers’ suicides, demand for loan waiver would dominate the three-week monsoon session, the leaders said.

“Fadnavis gave Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde, under cloud over Rs 206 crore procurement scam for anganwadis, and Vinod Tawde, facing scam of Rs 191 crore for procurement of fire extinguishers in schools, a clean chit even before an inquiry. We will not allow both Houses to function until the Ministers are sacked,” Vikhe-Patil and Munde said.

Hitting out at the government, Vikhe-Patil claimed farmers suicides have risen by 40 per cent.

“Since this government has come to power, 1,576 farmers have committed suicide. Paddy, onion, soybean, milk producers are facing crisis. There is no FRP for sugarcane and the government has turned a blind eye to their problems,” he said.

Munde said the government had not heeded to the opposition’s demand for complete loan waiver to farmers.

“Instead, they were speaking about rescheduling of crop loan. But so far, no farmer has benefited and the deadline of June 30 has also expired,” he said.

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