Maha govt delaying aid to farmers: Fadnavis

Maha govt delaying aid to farmers: Fadnavis

Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. (PTI Photo)

Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday accused the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government of trying to create a "false image" on the state's fiscal condition to "delay" disbursement of assistance to rain-hit farmers.

Speaking during a discussion on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's address to the joint session of the state legislature in November, Fadnavis, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, said the government is misleading farmers by trying to build a false perception that the state's financial condition is "weak".

"This government is deceitful to farmers. It is deliberately trying to create an image that the state is facing an acute financial crisis, so as to delay disbursement of financial assistance (to farmers)," Fadnavis said.

The former chief minister said that the economy of Maharashtra actually grew under his tenure during 2014-19.

The newly-formed Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government has been claiming that it inherited a huge debt. It had also alleged that the Centre was not forthcoming in releasing funds for the farmers and sitting on GST dues.