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BJP-led govts in Mah, at Centre not serious about resolving farmers' issues: Sharad Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief and former Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Saturday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party- Shiv Sena led state government as well as the Centre for their failure on all fronts and alleged that they were not serious about resolving farmers' issues, among others. Addressing a rally on the occasion of second phase of Hallabol agitation which concluded here on Saturday after ten day long agitation held in various parts of Marathwada region against the government's-anti farmer policy, he claimed that due to the infestation of pink bollworm pest on cotton farmers were trapped under the debt and so far 16,000 farmers had committed suicides by various means.

He alleged that government had failed to implement loan waiver scheme and also failed to create government employment as well as job generation in educational sector. Unemployment, inflation and agriculture crisis were also major issues in the state, he said. Alleging that the government had betrayed the people and was trying to create communal violence in country, he appealed to youth to be ready to it pull down. Talking on Tripal Talaq issue, he said if the central government wanted to provide security to the women they should take all of them in to confidence. Speaking on the occasion, former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar criticized the BJP-led state government for their empty promises during the past three and half years to the people by giving dateafter dates. He also criticised Shiv Sena for their role and asked weather they were in government or in opposition.