Mumbai, Nov 21: Nana Patole, the president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee, launched a scathing attack on the state government on Monday, asserting that the entire government, not just one or two ministers, is responsible for the current unrest in the state. Addressing reporters at the party headquarters in Mumbai, he accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government of creating turmoil in Maharashtra, a state deeply rooted in the ideologies of historical figures like Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, Jyotiba Phule, and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Patole alleged that the government is deliberately sowing discord between the Maratha and OBC communities to divert attention from other critical issues. He highlighted the severe drought-like conditions affecting farmers and the general population in Maharashtra, coupled with the burden of rising inflation.
Despite the dire situation, Patole claimed that farmers have not received compensation from the government, and the tripartite government is neglecting their needs, only offering empty promises.
Expressing concern over inflammatory statements by ministers disturbing social peace, Patole urged the Governor to intervene. He accused the BJP, particularly Devendra Fadnavis, of exacerbating the reservation issue in the state, alleging that despite promises made in 2014, the BJP has failed to provide reservation to any community in the last nine years.
Patole pledged that if the Congress comes to power, they will address the reservation issue by conducting a caste census, removing the 50% reservation cap, and finding a comprehensive solution.