In a scathing attack, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President Nana Patole has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of being anti-farmer and responsible for the deteriorating agricultural conditions in the state. Patole contends that the BJP’s agricultural policies have led to a significant drop in crop prices, especially for essential commodities like onions, soybeans, paddy, cotton, and pulses, resulting in a rise in farmer suicides.
While speaking to reporters during his visit to Akola, Patole expressed his concern over the government’s focus on insurance companies and industrialists at the expense of the struggling farmers. He pointed out that despite the ongoing drought conditions and the demand for water tankers since September, the government has failed to declare a drought officially.
Patole announced that the Congress party would stage protests in every district to address farmer-related issues and challenge the government during the winter session. He accused the BJP of making hollow promises and failing to deliver on its commitments to the people.
Highlighting the contrast, Patole praised Congress governments in states like Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, and Karnataka for working in the interests of farmers, youth, women, and the underprivileged. He suggested that the BJP government, which has been in power for a decade, primarily benefited a select few while neglecting the broader public.
Patole also raised concerns about the escalating drug problem in Maharashtra, drawing parallels with ‘Udta Punjab.’ He noted the increasing prevalence of drugs in various parts of the state, including Nashik, and the harmful impact on the youth. He criticized the government’s support for the drug mafia, citing the case of Lalit Patil, who received special treatment at Sassoon Hospital.
Furthermore, Patole addressed the reservation issue in the state, attributing the current crisis to the BJP’s inaction. He accused the Modi government of amending the Constitution in 2018 to strip the state of its reservation rights. He criticized the BJP for making unfulfilled promises regarding reservations for the Maratha and Dhangar communities, emphasizing that the present situation was a result of BJP’s negligence.