Patil blames SS-BJP alliance govt for irrigation backlog in Mah

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Kolhapur, Feb 26 (UNI) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil today blamed the former ruler Shiv Sena-BJP alliance for the backlog of irrigation works in Vidharba and Marathwada regions of the state.

Talking to reporters here, Mr Patil, who also holds Home portfolio, alleged that the SS-BJP regime had failed to carry out irrigation works in those regions, creating backlog. Now they were spreading false propoganda against the incumbent government for political gains.

He alleged that there was a spate in indebted farmers - suicide incidents during the SS-BJP rule following its failure to redress their problems.

Mr Patil pointed out that the UPA government at the Centre had extended various relief packages to the farmers. Similarly, the DF government in the state was also extending necessary help to the farmers.

When BJP-led NDA government was in power at the Centre, the Energy portfolio was given to two MPs from Maharashtra, but they did not do anything to resolve the state's electricity problems.

Now these people are blaming the present government for load-shedding, he said.

The state government was striving to give benefits to its employees on the lines of the Union government, which would be possible with the implementation of sixth wage board recommandations.

To another question, he said the state government arrested Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on the ninth day after a case was registered against him for making provocative statements against North Indians, leading to violence by his supporters across the state.

To a question on Belgaum's merger, the Minister reiterated that the government made all efforts to merge it with Maharashtra.

Speaking about 'Kolhapur Chitranagari' (film city) project, Mr Patil said the government has reversed its earlier decision to scrap the project taking into consideration the sentiments of citizens. Now it will develop the project, he added.

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