BJP MP from Maharashtra Nana Patole today claimed that he had never made any statement against Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the party. Patole, MP from Bhandara-Gondia, was in the news last week for his reported statement criticising Modi's functioning style. "I have never spoken against the PM or the party. I will continue to put my stand in Parliament," Patole said, speaking to reporters at the state secretariat today after meeting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The party has internal democracy, he maintained, adding "we are allowed to express our view freely". The MP said he is opposed to requirement of online registration by farmers to avail of Maharashtra government's loan waiver scheme. "Devendra and I joined politics at the same time. I am happy with him.
But I am not happy with the system adopted by him to grant the loan waiver. Farmers are facing difficulties in filling up the forms, so I am opposing it," he said. Patole took exception to revenue minister Chandrakant Patil's claim that some 10 lakh 'bogus farmers' were found after the government announced the loan waiver. "The procedure of filing applications is still going on. The system cannot accept forms if farmers do not mention their '7/12' extract (property card) details. Once the process is over, forms will be scrutinised and then the government will come to know if there are bogus farmers," Patole said.
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