Osmanabad, Apr 16 : Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and state Chief minister Devendra Fadanvis of not being serious about issues of farmers. "Apart from solving problems of farmers, the present dispensation is only involved in criticizing Gandhi-Nehru family in their election campaigning" Mr Pawar said. On Monday, while addressing an election rally here at Zilla Parishad Kanya Prashala ground in support of Rana Jagatsinh Patil, NCP candidate from Osmanabad Lok Sabha constituency, Mr Pawar said that if Mahagathbandhan (grand-alliance) comes into the power, total loan of farmers would be waived off without any delay.
"During the UPA tenure we had taken the decision to waive Rs 70,000 crore loan and it was implemented within period of eight days," he said. Talking about BJP-led state government loan waiver scheme of Rs 34,000 crore, he alleged that so far, only 10 to 15 percent farmers were benefitted by the scheme. Mr Pawar further said during the present government farmers are not getting 'adequate return' to their farm products, adding that farmers are in severe loss under the rule of present government.
The NCP chief said that Mr Modi is not speaking on the issues of farmers, farmers suicides and unemployment, adding that during the election rallies the PM is only targetting Nehru-Gandhi families and further asked Mr Modi that doesn't he know both of the families had sacrificed their lives for the country. Referring to Mr Modi's statement over Pawar family crises, the NCP supremo said, "we all are okay and he should not worry about our family." Mr Pawar also demanded that Mr Modi should clarify on the massive surge in pricing of Rafale jets. "How has the cost gone to Rs 1600 crore from Rs 350 crores in just two years." he asked.
Mr Pawar also lambasted Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray for forging alliance with BJP and that too just before the elections as Mr Thackeray had been a strong critique of Modi government from past four years.Before election rally Mr Pawar also visited the family of Vijay Dawale at Kasbe Tadwale who had committed suicide after he was cheated by the bank chairman Vijay Dandnaik and Shiv Sena candidate Om Raje Nimbalkar, whose name he had mentioned in his suicide note. (UNI)