The Opposition parties in Maharashtra boycotted the chief minister’s traditional tea-party on the event of the monsoon session to protest the huge number of farmer’s deaths in the state.
Addressing a joint press conference on Sunday, Opposition leaders in the legislative assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and in the council Dhananjay Munde threatened not to allow the legislature to function till the government agrees to complete waive off farmer’s loans.
Vikhe-Patil said in the last seven months there have been 1,576 deaths reported and in some of the cases compensation had still not been paid. On July 9 and 10 the Congress had held protest demonstrations outside the collector’s office in various parts of the state.
As compared to previous years, the minimum support price paid for cotton, soyabean, rice, corn, onio, bananas, vegetables this year was much less.
The Opposition will also highlight the clean chit given to women and child welfare minister Pankaja Munde in the Rs 206 chikki rate contract scam and to education minister Vinod Tawde in the Rs 191 crore fire extinguisher scam. “There has been no enquiry yet chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has given them a clean chit,” said Munde.