Maharashtra opposition demands sack of minister Rane

July 15th, 2008 - 9:44 pm ICT by IANS  

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Mumbai, July 15 (IANS) Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance Tuesday demanded the sacking of Revenue Minister Narayan Rane following court strictures against him in a land deal. The two parties made it clear that the government would not have a smooth sailing during the monsoon session of the assembly starting Wednesday. They boycotted the customary session-eve tea party hosted by Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh Tuesday afternoon.

At a separate meeting at the residence of opposition leader Ramdas Kadam to chalk out their strategy for the session, the two alliance parties also decided to demand the arrest of former minister of state D.B. Atram, who resigned last week after his name figured in a poaching case.

The opposition parties felt that with a drought-like situation looming over the state and farmers committing suicide in Vidarbha, it would be “improper” to attend the chief minister’s tea party.

“There is no respite from power cuts and the government has decided to increase the load shedding hours. The Democratic Front government has been a total failure and we shall expose it during the session,” Kadam told mediapersons.

Kadam demanded that the state government should come out with a white paper on the implementation of the Prime Minister’s relief package for the debt-ridden farmers in Vidarbha.

He said though Vidarbha and Marathwada regions were the worst affected, they did not get much benefit from the farm loans waiver scheme, but the farmers in western Maharashtra gained a lot.

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