Maharashtra govt's claim of rural areas being open defecation-free is baseless, says NCP

The NCP on Thursday dismissed as 'baseless' the Maharashtra government's claim that the rural areas of the state have become open defecation-free.

PTI April 19, 2018 20:15:34 IST
Maharashtra govt's claim of rural areas being open defecation-free is baseless, says NCP

Mumbai: The NCP on Thursday dismissed as "baseless" the Maharashtra government's claim that the rural areas of the state have become open defecation-free.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had on Wednesday declared rural areas of the state open defecation-free (ODF) and claimed the state has constructed the highest number of toilets in the country.

Maharashtra govts claim of rural areas being open defecationfree is baseless says NCP

File image of NCP flag. Wikimedia Commons

"The chief minister's claim that the state has become open defecation free is baseless. We will organise a morning safari for the"CM in Mumbai to see if the state has become ODF," NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said in a press conference.

He said the erstwhile UPA government, in which the NCP was a constituent, had initiated steps to make the country and Maharashtra free of the scourge of open defecation under its Nirmal Bharat Yojana.

Fadnavis had said, "In a period of just three and a half years, we have made available toilets to 55 percent of the homes that did not have toilets. This exercise of constructing toilets spanned 34 districts, 351 talukas, 21,000-gram panchayats and 40,500 villages. Almost all homes (in rural parts) have access to toilets now".

Malik slammed the chief minister over his statement regarding Mumbai.

"Fadnavis on Wednesday said Mumbai was not the responsibility of the state government. Does this mean that he has accepted that Mumbai is not a part of Maharashtra?" Malik questioned.

To a query, he said the NCP organisational elections will be held on 22 April.

"While the NCP district units and presidents will be elected on 22 April, the state president and Mumbai unit chief will be elected on 29 April. The election for the national president of the party will be held on 13 May," he said.

While Sharad Pawar is the founding president of the party, Sunil Tatkare currently heads its Maharashtra unit.

Updated Date:

also read

Money laundering case: ED arrests Nawab Malik after questioning; 'won't bow down', vows NCP leader
India

Money laundering case: ED arrests Nawab Malik after questioning; 'won't bow down', vows NCP leader

Earlier in the day, ED summoned Malik in connection with an alleged money laundering case related to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim

Maharashtra government neglected drought-affected areas to ensure Lok Sabha poll gains, claims NCP’s Nawab Malik
Politics

Maharashtra government neglected drought-affected areas to ensure Lok Sabha poll gains, claims NCP’s Nawab Malik

NCP Tuesday accused the BJP-led Maharashtra government of neglecting drought in rural areas to trigger exodus of villagers elsewhere to ensure there was no voting against the ruling party in the Lok Sabha polls

NCP alleges that 'nexus between Maharashtra govt and dance bar owners' led to SC order allowing their reopening
India

NCP alleges that 'nexus between Maharashtra govt and dance bar owners' led to SC order allowing their reopening

The NCP on Thursday alleged that the nexus between the Maharashtra government and dance bar owners has led to the Supreme Court verdict that paves the way for reopening of dance bars in the state.