Maharashtra delaying drought declaration as it lacked funds, says State Congress president Ashok Chavan

The Congress in Maharashtra Wednesday alleged that the BJP-led state government was delaying the declaration of drought due to lack of funds which was a result of a “fiscal mismanagement”.
State unit Congress president Ashok Chavan also demanded that the government declare drought without any delay and stop using terms such as “drought-like”.
“There is no legal definition of ‘drought-like’.
The government can either declare a drought or declare water scarcity,” the former chief minister said while addressing a rally under “Jan Sangahrsh” Yatra of the Congress at Ausa in Latur district, around 485 kms from the state capital.
Chavan alleged that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was playing into hands of a coterie of selct advisors and administrators.
“Latur district is suffering from severe drought.
Despite this, the Chief Minister has chosen to use misleading words such as ‘drought-like’ situation to deceive the people,” he alleged.
He said the government should declare drought in the north Maharashtra and Marathwada, as these regions are reeling under severe water scarcity.
The state Congress president also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his claim that the BJP-led NDA government has constructed more number of affordable houses that the previous Congress regime.
The Jan Sangharsh Yatra will travel across 27 Vidhan Sabha constituencies in Marathwada region.

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