Raj flays Pawar for drought

Published: 23rd February 2013 09:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2013 09:21 AM   |  A+A-

MNS leader Raj Thackeray on Friday targeted NCP chief Sharad Pawar for the “poor handling” of drought situation in Maharashtra.   

Speaking at rally in Solapur, Raj said that though drought is a natural calamity, it could have been better handled.

“Pawar has stated that the drought is worse than the one endured in 1972. If the onset of the drought was noticed, why did not Pawar, a seasoned administrator, plan in advance to reduce its impact,” Raj asked.

He also blamed the irrigation department in the state, which is with the NCP, for the failure in tackling the drought situation.

He, however, praised Gujarat for providing water to dry regions of Kutch.

“The Maharashtra politicians are working only in the interest of their farms and fields and ignoring the rest of the state.

In Maharashtra, irrigation canals have been laid only in the sugar belt of Western Maharashtra from where most of the powerful politicians hail from,” he said. 

Raj also ridiculed Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who hails from Solapur,  for his constant display of loyalty to the Gandhi family.

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