BJP govt put Maha under Rs 6.71 lakh crore debt: Minister

BJP govt put Maha under Rs 6.71 lakh crore debt: Minister

Nagpur: In a vitriolic attack on the erstwhile BJP-led government over the financial condition of the state, minister Nitin Raut on Monday accused the Devendra Fadnavis-led government of putting Maharashtra under a massive financial burden of Rs 6.71 lakh crore. Mr Raut, who came back to Nagpur from Mumbai after becoming cabinet minister, said that the previous day they had a review meeting of the economic condition of Maharashtra and it came to light that the state has the financial burden of Rs 4.71 lakh crore. In addition, there was an additional burden of Rs two lakh crore, so the state in all has the financial burden of Rs 6.71 lakh crore, he pointed and held the Fadnavis-led government responsible for the same. When asked about Mr Fadnavis demanding that the government should announce Rs 2,500 per hectare as financial assistance to farmers without waiting for the Centre's help, the minister said the state was not opposed to giving this relief to farmers who have suffered crop losses due to unseasonal rains.

He further said that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was determined to fulfil the promises made to farmers. The senior Congress leader charged that in the name of development, the previous BJP government had neither provided statehood to Vidarbha nor did it bring any industries to the region nor did it make any efforts to provide employment for the youths. However, the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government was committed to development of Vidarbha and its people, Mr Raut assured. Reacting to BJP MP Anant Kumar Hegde's claim on central funds, the Congress leader demanded that Mr Fadnavis should give a clarification on the issue.

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