Taking pot shots at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday said Mr. Shah at his election rallies speaks less about vital issues afflicting the State and seems more concerned about making personal attacks on him.
These days, with the poll temperature heating up, a gentleman from Gujarat [Mr. Shah] who has served jail terms in the past, is touring the State&Even though I am not contesting the elections, it is my name that seems to be perpetually on his lips, Mr. Pawar said.
He accused the Union Home Minister of irrelevantly harping on the Modi governments scrapping of Article 370 ahead of the Assembly polls as the BJP has nothing else on its agenda. Mr. Shah, in his speeches, repeatedly demands that I give an explanation on why I did not support the BJP governments withdrawal of Article 370& This is absurd. Have I done anything procedurally wrong in the Rajya Sabha?
Mr. Pawar said Mr. Shahs speeches had nothing on rising farmer suicides, declining growth rate, economic slowdown, and soaring unemployment. Instead, he [Mr. Shah] keeps harping on how peaceful Kashmir has become while exhorting people to go and do farming there.
Rubbishing Chief Minister Devendra Fadnaviss claims that the BJP government had put Maharashtra once again on the countrys industrial map, he said it was during the Congress-NCP regime that the State saw industrial development. The economic slowdown is destroying livelihoods of scores of youth in the Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial area. The BJP government is responsible for this&their leaders utterly lack the capability to check this slowdown nor have any grasp of it. The NCP chief addressed a series of meetings in Shirur and Daund in Pune district.
Meanwhile, targeting Mr. Pawar and the sugar lobby of NCP-Congress leaders, Mr. Fadnavis said, Nobody has a monopoly of sugar factories anymore.
Speaking in Ahmednagar district, he said the livelihoods of sugar cane farmers are sustained and that the States sugar factories are alive today only because of Prime Minister Narendra Modis bailout package of 8,000 crore.
Mr. Fadnavis was campaigning for minister Ram Shinde, the BJPs candidate for the Karjat-Jamkhed Assembly seat. Mr. Shinde is pitted against Mr. Pawars grandnephew, Rohit Pawar, the NCP-Congresss candidate.
Urging people to send Rohit Pawar home, the CM said, In the Lok Sabha elections, people of Maval had the good sense to send another member of the Pawar family, Parth Pawar, home& I hope the public of Karjat-Jamkhed will show the same sense by outvoting Rohit Pawar.