Opposition leaders meets Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, seeks special session on farm loan issue

Mumbai: A delegation of opposition leaders in Maharashtra on Tuesday met Governor C Vidyasagar Rao in Mumbai and urged him to direct the state government to convene a special session of the legislature on the farm loan waiver issue.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The delegation comprising leaders of Congress, NCP, PWP, Peoples Republican Party and JD(U) leaders met the governor at the Raj Bhavan this morning and apprised him of the "difficulties" being faced by the farmers.

The leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil told reporters after the meeting that the delegation urged Rao to direct the government to convene a special session since the farmers' suicides have reached an "alarming" situation in the state.

"The need of the hour is to control the (farmers') suicides and farm loan waiver is a necessity. Hence, it is necessary to convene a special session of the state legislature," he said.

The governor was also apprised of the "poor management" of tur procurement.

"The government is not keen on farm loan and also not interested in giving a price to the farm produce. Procurement of tur has not been done because of the government's apathetic attitude," he alleged.

Vikhe Patil said tur producers have to sell their produce to private traders at low prices.

Leader of opposition in the state legislative council Dhananjay Munde, PRP leader Jogendra Kawade and Congress leader Bhai Jagtap also highlighted various problems of farmers, which they encountered during the opposition's recent Sangharsh Yatra.

Vikhe Patil said the governor heard the opposition members and assured them that he would look into the matter.


Updated Date: May 02, 2017 17:37 PM

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