NCP’s Shetkari Dindi from Yavatmal on Dec 1

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Nov 2017 08:54:25

Staff Reporter,

Mounting stringent criticism of Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena Government for its failure on all fronts and for betraying the farmers, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is going to take out a Shetkari Dindi that will culminate in city on December 12. With renewed focus on Vidarbha, NCP chief Sunil Tatkare said at a news conference on Friday that the Halla Bol is to wake-up the Government to its failed promises and force its hand to bail out the farmers. Everywhere the picture in rural landscape is dismal and the tall promises of State Government about biggest loan waiver is farce. Now even Government is accepting that loan waiver has not reached the farmers and that Principal Secretary, Information Technology, V K Gautam, was sent on compulsory leave itself is admission of this fact. 

The top leadership of NCP is going to participate in the Shetkari Dindi that will start from Yavatmal District on December 1. Ajitdada Pawar, Supriya Sule-Pawar, Dilip Walse-Patil, Dhananjay Munde, Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council, and all senior leaders would be part of the Dindi. Each day two to three senior leaders would be participating to highlight the State Government's backtracking on promises made to farmers in run upto elections. Incidentally, December 12 happens to be birthday of Sharad Pawar and latter is also going to participate in the Halla Bol morcha that will culminate in city.

The Government instead of publishing false advertisement could have used the money to bail out paddy farmers of Vidarbha region. Even the farmers who sold soyabean and cotton are in dire straits as prices have fallen below minimum support price (MSP) while BJP leaders had promised to double the income of farmers. Such is the situation that farmers have not been able to recover even the production cost due to depressed prices for the produce in the market.

Asked about increasing foray of NCP leaders in Vidarbha, Tatkare said each party works to increase its base and Sharad Pawar during its recent tour got tremendous response and in 1999 to party had made impressive debut in the region. There are times when one party makes tremendous impact and next time some other political party sweeps the seats but this does not deter any politician from giving-up the contact tours. As to sharing stage with Congress for Halla Bol, Tatkare said since former was to take out a morcha on December 13 and we had planned on December 12, both the parties decided on unifying the strength to make Government see the stark reality on farm front and take some decisive decision.

To a querry on criticism of Raghunathdada Patil, Minister of State for Agriculture, the NCP State unit chief turned magnanimous and extended offer to work with former for larger aim working for benefiting the farmers. However, earlier Tatkare was at his sarcastic best terming Patil as self-styled leader of farmers, given the fact that latter has now joined hands with ruling BJP and joined Government after being one of its vociferous critic. About Council elections, Tatkare said since the seat belongs to Congress the latter's leadership has to take the lead.

Anil Deshmukh, Ramesh Bang, both former Ministers, Prakash Gajbhiye, MLC, Anil Ahirkar, President, NCP, City Unit, Dinanath Padole and Sandeep Bajoria, both ex-MLA, Shailendra Tiwari, NCP Student's Wing leader, and host of others were present at the press conference.