Apparently stung by demand by MPCC president Ashok Chavan and NCP president Sharad Pawar demand for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis resignation in the wake of the naxal attack in Gadchiroli district and NCP chief undertaking tour of drought affected Solapur district, Fadnavis yesterday hurriedly convened meeting of the state cabinet to discuss both the sensitive issues.
After winding up the state cabinet meeting the Chief Minister air dashed to Gadchiroli district to take stock of the situation and pay tributes to the 15 police personnel who were martyred yesterday. To complicate matters further for the state government the Election Commission of India (ECI) is yet to reply to the governments plea to relax the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) to deal with the drought situation in the state and deal with the naxal attack.
Both Chavan and Pawar yesterday had slammed the state government accusing it of failure in tackling the naxal menace. Besides demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister, MPCC president Ashok Chavan demanded that the government give Rs 50 lakh compensation to kith and kin of each of the deceased police personnel. He further remarked that the Chief Minister has failed to tackle the situation and should tender his resignation as the Home minister. Reacting to the naxal attack, NCP president Sharad Pawar in a sarcastic jibe remarked that resignations are demanded from those who have some shame left in them irrespective of whether they care for the public sentiments. But this cannot be expected from the present day rulers of Maharashtra. Today, there is nothing more left other than condemn the naxal attack and express grief over the martyrdom of the police personnel, added Pawar.
Earlier, in the day Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis directed all the guardian ministers to visit drought affected areas to review situation on ground, visit cattle and fodder camps, deployment of water tankers and other drought relief measures. He further instructed the guardian ministers to ensure that enough employment is provided in the rural areas to stop migration of labour to cities. The Chief Minister also reviewed the situation arising out of weather forecast of possible delay in monsoon this year.
Meanwhile, taking note of the impending monsoon season Mumbai BJP unit president Ashish Shelar yesterday undertook inspection of cleaning works of storm water drain at Gazdarbund in western suburbs of the city. Commenting upon the slow paced work, the Mumbai BJP unit president remarked that it seems as though the BMC officials citing Lok Sabha election duty have ignored the cleaning of storm water drains in the city. He added that the contractors responsible for carrying out the cleaning works appear to have taken advantage of the situation. Demanding an explanation from the BMC municipal commissioner, Shelar stated that from now on the Mumbai BJP will keep a watch on the cleaning up of storm water drains in the city.