Congress launches campaign for Maharashtra assembly polls

September 02, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

Mumbai: Launching its election campaign for the Maharashtra assembly polls, the Congress yesterday attacked the central government on various issues, including denying power to the state and having a secret agenda to divide it.

After kicking off the election campaign, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan accused the central dispensation of deliberately denying power to the state from the central electricity grids.

He said he had already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting a meeting of all chief ministers to discuss the power scenario.

“If the Centre fails to takes measures, the country will face a severe power crisis. The Centre is trying to create trouble for Maharashtra by not allocating sufficient power from the central grid, but we will not allow our people to be affected by it and do everything possible to ensure enough power here,” Chavan said.

Referring to Modi’s 100 days in power, he claimed that the National Democratic Alliance government’s report card was dismal.

“Barring inaugurating projects which were started and completed by the UPA, they have done nothing, like controlling inflation. Maharashtra has shown the way to the country and we are also showing the way to the central government, they want to copy our schemes,” Chavan said at a huge rally attended by top party leaders and activists from across the state at Azad Maidan here.

Discussing recent incidents on the border with Pakistan, he said that there were several instances of ceasefire violation, but the people at the helm were keeping quiet.

“Those who had warned Pakistan of a hardline policy, where are they now? The promised ‘acchhe din’ (good days) don’t seem to be coming soon,” he said.

Chavan also accused the central government of endangering Centre-state relations, which were always protected by the UPA. “Chief ministers are humiliated at official functions in the presence of the prime minister. The people of this state will not tolerate such insults,” he said.

Claiming that public money was used to project one person, he said that though the outcome of Lok Sabha polls was unexpected, people had now realised their folly.

Former union minister and manifesto committee chairman Sushilkumar Shinde charged the government with not working for the poor. “They have reduced petrol prices, but hiked the diesel prices,” he said.

Accusing the central government of harassing opposition-ruled states, he said that during the UPA regime, he, as the power minister, coordinated surplus power and supplied to the needy states irrespective of which party was ruling there.