Opposition leader in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Ajit Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) claimed on Friday that large-scale projects had been pulled out of the state due to “inefficiency” of the Eknath Shinde-led government.
Speaking at an NCP meeting in the temple city of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district, Ajit Pawar said many youths have missed employment opportunities in Maharashtra due to the state government’s ineptitude and claimed there was “enormous anger” among the people against Prime Minister Eknath Shinde.
NCP President Sharad Pawar, who is being treated at a hospital in Mumbai, joined the meeting via video conference.
Ajit Pawar said Shinde, who took the oath on June 30, had told the state assembly that up to Rs 4 lakh crore will come to Maharashtra with the Vedanta-Foxconn semiconductor factory, but he is now giving the previous government of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA ) to blame for the Rs 1.5 lakh crore project going to neighboring Gujarat.
“Shinde’s government is not fair to people. It is because of the failure of this government that projects are moving away from Maharashtra. As long as this government is in power, unemployment will only increase,” said the former deputy CM.
Ajit Pawar insisted the opposition is demanding an explanation of a ‘wet drought’ in the state due to crop losses from heavy rainfall in October, but the government is doing nothing.
He claimed that many NCP leaders are being offered lures to leave the party that was part of the MVA government.
“Don’t fall prey to such tactics. Ordinary citizens didn’t like the way the Shiv Sena’s name and poll symbol were frozen (after an uprising in the party). There is tremendous anger against Eknath Shinde among the people,” he said.
The NCP leader said that even MLA Bacchu Kadu, who supports the Shinde-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, has ruled that the prime minister was wrong in claiming the Shiv Sena.
“Monster ambition is not good. Shinde is incapable of bringing major projects to the state,” the former finance minister insisted.
Ajit Pawar asked NCP executives to prepare for elections to local bodies in the state, including social enterprises in Mumbai, Pune and Thane, among others, and not to wait for the poll schedule to be announced.
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