Amidst a severe agricultural crisis gripping the state, Maharashtra’s farmers continue to face insurmountable challenges. As natural calamities wreak havoc on their livelihoods, the recent cabinet meeting led by Shinde offered only hollow promises, lamented Nana Patole, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president.
While ministers rush to visit affected areas, Patole emphasized that immediate aid for farmers affected by unseasonal weather and hailstorms must take precedence over symbolic visits. Speaking at Tilak Bhavan, Patole highlighted the distress of farmers, citing substantial damage to standing crops like grapes, oranges, onions, soybeans, tur, paddy, and cotton due to unseasonal rains.
Expressing disappointment with the government’s inaction, Patole criticized the delay in delivering promised compensations to farmers. He accused the BJP government of prioritizing filling insurance company coffers over aiding distressed farmers. The Congress Party stands resolutely in demanding swift and tangible support for farmers, vowing to persist until their needs are met.
Addressing the ongoing Maratha-OBC reservation dispute, Patole accused the BJP of orchestrating discord deliberately. He highlighted the BJP’s reluctance to fulfill their electoral promises of reservation, fueling tensions between communities. Patole stressed the need for a caste-wise census to ensure fair and comprehensive reservation policies, a measure opposed by the current government.
Further condemning the BJP’s education policies, Patole criticized the government’s contradictory approach of launching ‘Model Schools’ while neglecting to fill 1.25 lakh vacant teaching positions. He condemned the closure of Zilla Parishad schools while initiating Adarsh Schools, citing the absurdity of promoting model schools without adequate teaching staff.
Amidst this backdrop, Patole expressed confidence in the Congress Party’s prospects in the recently held Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram. He cited overwhelming public support and the favorable political environment as indicators of the party’s expected success, foreseeing a majority win in all five states.