Nashik, Oct 17: Slamming the BJP leadership for raising issues that are irrelevant to the people of Maharashtra in ongoing campaigning for the state assembly elections, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and former Union minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday called for 'parivartan' (change) in the state.
Addressing an election rally at Basant-Pimpalgaon for the party candidate, he said that the farmers' suicides, unemployment and the number of people dependent upon agriculture have increased in the state, but the leaders of the ruling party are not concerned about these burning issues and instead, they are marketing the removal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir to the people of Maharashtra, and asked if anybody from the state would dare to buy land in Kashmir.
Continuing his attack on BJP leaders, the NCP chief said that the situation in the country is serious today, but these leaders are just harping on Article 370. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are reluctant to speak on any other issues than Article 370 and if not that, then they keep criticising him in every election rally," he quipped. Also, the Congress-NCP combine government never misused the power, he said and pointed to the Enforcement Directorate's raids on the party offices ahead of the state assembly elections.
"If we want to overcome this situation, then the time has come to bring a change in the state. There should be 'parivartan' in the state.... There is no other alternative to change or 'parivartan' in the state," added Mr Pawar. (UNI)