Mumbai, April 30: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had every right to meet farmers and review their condition but he is also answerable for their condition in last 15 years for it was his party's government which was in power in Maharashtra for 15 years. [Ask your questions to your CM father-in-law, Congress hits back at Harsimrat Kaur]
Fadnavis is the first BJP chief minister to lead the state. The Congress has given the state 17 chief ministers since 1960. The only other party which has given a chief minister to Maharashtra apart from the two national parties is the Shiv Sena which was in power with the BJPbetween 1995 and 1999.
The Congress vice-president, who has been trying to capitalise on the farmers' issue to corner the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, began a 15-kilometre day-long sanvad padyatra from Gunji village in Amravati district in Vidarbha region to highlight its agrarian crisis.
Rahul Gandhi met family members of Nilesh Walke and Ambadas Vahile, the two farmes who committed suicide recently. The 44-year-old leader was seen interacting with farmers and their families during his tour. [Rahul Gandhi takes a swipe at PM Modi]
On Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi went to Sirhind, Khanna and Mandi Gobindgarh towns in Punjab by train to meet its farmers. He took on PM Modi on Wednesday, asking him to visit Punjab and see the farmers' plight. The BJP shot back at him, asking him to visit his constituency first. The Siromani Akali Dal-led government in Punjab also crossed swords with the Congress over Rahul Gandhi's visit.