BJP, NCP indulge in sticker war over flood relief material

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first_imgFlood relief and rescue operations in the State took a political colour on Saturday with the Opposition accusing the government of manipulating flood management for electoral gains. Leader of the Opposition, Dhananjay Munde (Nationalist Congress Party) said that relief material distributed in flood-affected regions had pictures of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP MLA Suresh Halvankar. He alleged that the government took two days to print the stickers for relief material and, therefore, deliberately delayed the distribution of packets meant for the inundated areas. “What is the priority of this Government? It is to print these stickers and show off, putting people’s life at risk. This is a selfish Government,” Mr. Munde said releasing pictures of the stickers pasted on the rice and grain packets distributed in Sangli on Saturday. In response to this, BJP workers released pictures of senior NCP leader Jayant Patil distributing food packets with his name on the relief packets. Reacting to the allegations, Mr. Fadnavis said, “There should be no need for pictures of any political party or person.” The CM said all parties must unite in the time of crisis. “My appeal to all political parties is to not politicise this situation. We are ready to hear and act on your suggestions. It is time to stand united to provide help and support to the flood-affected,” he said. Meanwhile, NCP supremo and former cabinet minister Sharad Pawar continued his tour of flood-affected areas and said all people of Maharashtra must come together to tackle the floods. “You stay united…We will overcome the situation collectively and show the world how a Marathi manoos defeats any crisis with unity,” Mr. Pawar said in Ambave village in Karad taluka in western Maharashtra. Mr. Pawar said other states must also come forward in support including Gujarat, Bihar and Assam, to reciprocate the help received by them during their crisis. The NCP said it is organising its own relief programme and has written to the Centre to provide more assistance to the flood-hit areas.last_img

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