Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Sep 20 : Attacking the BJP-led government, the Nationlist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday found fault with the government's ongoing banking reforms through consolidation of different state-owned banks into few majors for reducing bad loans to improve their health and said that this decision was not good for the economy of the country.
Talking to reporters here, after addressing the party workers ahead of coming Assembly election in the state, he averred that the government's decision to merge banks without consulting with experts in that sector would be bad for the economy of the country. The government should have taken such a decision only after consultation with the experts, he asserted.
Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the former Union minister said that the people of the country were facing numerous problems like unemployment, farmers suicides, inadequate returns for farm produce and closure of factories among others but instead of focusing on these issues, the PM talked about scrapping of Article 370 in Thursday's rally at Nashik.
"He is accusing me in each meeting," Mr Pawar said.
The NCP chief said that during his five-day tour in the region, he has himself seen that the farmers and youths were not happy with the ruling government and it would be reflected in coming assembly election.
Talking about the success of BJP in Lok Sabha election, he further said that before the LS poll, the party leaders were uncertain about coming back to power again but the Pulwama terror attack and the retaliatory strikes across the border helped BJP to make electoral gains.
However, the current situation was different, he observed.
Referring to Mr Modi's attack on motormouths and loudmouths for making 'irresponsible' statements on building of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya even as the matter is in Supreme Court, the former chief minister pointed out that Mr Modi was indirectly taunting to their ally Shiv Sena.
Replying to a poser on whether secular forces would come together to fight against communal forces in coming state assembly elections, Mr Pawar stated that barring one or two such parties, almost all other secular parties were with the Congress-NCP ally.
Asked about party leader Dhananjay Munde's allegation of corruption against 22 present ministers in the state cabinet but all of them were given a clean chit by the Chief Minister, the NCP chief averred that a retired judge should have looked into the allegations.
On this occasion, party's district chief Kailas Chukatgaonkar, MLA Bhsusaheb Chukatgaonkar, MLC Satish Chavan, party state spokesperson Sujitsingh Khunger, Kadir Maulana and city chief Vijay Salve among other office-bearers were present. (UNI)