How can BJP ministers go on foreign tours during agrarian crisis in Maharashtra: Prithviraj Chavan

Radhika Dhawad | May 19, 2017 23:11

Prithviraj Chavan
Prithviraj Chavan

Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan recently, in a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asked him to call back two cabinet ministers – agriculture minister Pandurang Fundkar and food and civil supplies minister Girish Bapat – from their foreign tours. Chavan tagged the ministers’ move as ‘inappropriate,’ due to rising farmers’ issues in Maharashtra.

 Criticising the ministers further and questioning their foreign visit with their families, he said, “It’s appalling that the two ministers, directly responsible for handling the current farm crisis have gone on a fifteen day junket along with their family. I don’t know if they have taken official permission from you (PM), but despite that, both of them should be called back immediately. ”

Chavan mentioned that the farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada are at present staging protests due to the delay in procurement of tur dal. Chavan in his appeal said that it was because of him that the growth of pulses increased.

Here’s the letter that Chavan sent to Narendra Modi about the same: