RSS coordination meet ends; several BJP ministers attend

Last Updated 23 August 2015, 17:02 IST

The two-day long coordination camp of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) concluded here today with several Union and Maharashtra ministers in attendance, even as the Opposition took a dig at government over the plight of farmers due to drought.

Waman Deshpande, RSS Prachar Pramukh of Devgiri said office-bearers of more than 30 different organisations, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Samajik Samarasta Manch and Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram were part of the event.

According to Deshpande, four Union ministers, including Nitin Gadkari, Prakash Javadekar and Hansraj Ahir and ten ministers from Maharashtra, including Eknath Khadse, Vinod Tawde, Girish Mahajan, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Pankaja Munde, Chandrkanat Patil, Deepak Sawant, Vishnu Sawra and Baban Lonikar, were present at the RSS camp.

Fadnavis later chaired Aurangabad division review meeting to discuss the water scarcity situation in Marathwada region. However, the Opposition lapped up the opportunity to target Fadnavis over the plight of farmers reeling under drought.

NCP leader Sunil Tatkare said the presence of ministers at the RSS meet only reveals the priorities of the Central and the state government.

"Did we ever have 19 ministers in the state to take a stock of drought condition and to understand why farmers are committing suicide? But all these Centre and state ministers got time for the RSS meet. This only shows what the priorities of the government are," Tatkare told PTI.

"The people of Maharashtra would have been so happy to see the Central leadership coming to the state to soothe the wounds of those affected by drought," he said.

Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the state government's review meet on drought in Aurangabad was just a "formality". He sought to know why Fadnavis did not get time to visit the drought-affected region earlier.

"The CM found time for the RSS review meeting only. He must have felt that since he has already come (to Aurangabad) for the meet, he might as well take a review meet on drought," Sawant told reporters here.

"A young farmer from Akola had recently committed suicide. His last wish was that the CM comes and meets his family. It has been two weeks since his death, but Fadnavis has no time. Maybe if the RSS meet is held at Akola, the CM will find time to visit his family," Sawant said.

He also alleged that Fadnavis also did not get time to visit the families of those 104 people, who had lost their lives in the Malwani spurious liquor incident.However, when contacted, Fadnavis told PTI that he was part of the RSS meet only for an hour.

(Published 23 August 2015, 17:02 IST)

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