Maharashtra chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, and his party, the BJP, faced considerable heat as the strike by farmers entered the second day.
Maharashtra minister Sadabhau Khot today claimed that Mumbai has remained unaffected by the agitation.
“The supply of produce is affected in Nashik and Pune markets but Mumbai’s supply is not affected so far. The marketing department has already issued a toll free number for farmers to support them. If they face any problem, they should contact the toll free number,” Khot, minister of cooperation and marketing, told reporters here.
Fadnavis had yesterday alleged opposition parties were instigating the agitation of farmers across the state.
The Maharashtra unit of the Congress today asked Fadnavis to introspect instead of levelling allegations of instigating farmers.
“The chief minister has raised questions over the integrity of farmers through his allegations,” Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan said in a statement.
“Instead of levelling unsubstantiated allegations against the Opposition, the CM should introspect what made farmers lose their trust in the government,” he said.
Fadnavis had yesterday said his government was trying to resolve the issue through talks but the opposition Congress and the NCP were instigating it for political gains.
The state Congress chief said the farmers strike had brought the state in a situation it never faced before.
“Instead of ceding to the demands of farmers, the CM is busy in making wild allegations against the Opposition. We will not be deterred but continue to raise our voice against the anti-farmer policies of the government. If you want farmers to live, loan waiver is the only solution,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray alleged that BJP had come to power by making false promises, and was now reneging on them.
“BJP had given false promises to farmers. That is how they came to power in Maharashtra, and now they have forgotten the farmers,” he said.
“I support the cause of farmers….I am not opposing Anna Hazare or anyone who tries to lead this agitation, all I want is a solution to farmers’ problems,” Raj said.
“BJP has a committee to come up with interesting names for government schemes, but the state coffers are empty. There are no funds for implementing these schemes. So I think the BJP has cheated the farmers,” he said.
Both “jawans” (soldiers) and “kisan” (farmers) are unhappy in the country, the MNS chief said.
“I find it incredible that we are playing against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy even when its Army keeps shooting at our jawans,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)