NCP working president Supriya Sule on Monday sought a response from Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the home portfolio, over the increase in crimes including those related to illegal drugs, which she said had given the state a bad name.
“Fadnavis, who is the home minister of the state, should comment on the incidents of drugs seizure in various parts of the state. As a mother, elected representative and a citizen, I am asking what Fadnavis has to say about the seizure of drugs,” the NCP MP said. “What is the triple-engine government in the state doing? There is complete political paralysis… The increase in crimes as per the data of the government is of grave concern.”
Sule also accused the ruling BJP of playing with the people’s feelings of citizens on the reservation issue. “The state BJP leaders had fooled the citizens on the reservation issue. Their government, despite having full majority in the state and at the Centre, has not been able to take a firm decision on reservation. This has caused disappointment among citizens. Three people from the Maratha community and one from the Dhangar community have died by suicide over the issue in the last fortnight,” she said, adding that the BJP had cut government jobs and not done much on the reservation front.
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The NCP (Sharad Pawar faction) leader said that BJP leaders took different stands at the state and national levels. “There is no uniformity in their stand on reservation, because of which reservation for the Maratha, Dhangar, Lingayat and Muslim communities have got delayed,” she said.
“The NCP has raised the issue repeatedly in Parliament. In the past, ahead of Assembly polls, BJP MPs had made the central government approve legislation for providing reservation for various communities in their respective states, but the BJP parliamentarians from Maharashtra have failed to do so as they have double standards,” she said.
“For a long time we have been demanding legislation in Parliament for providing reservation in the state, but the government has ignored it. The government should call a special session for taking a decision in favour of reservation for all (deserving) communities. We will support it,” she said.