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BJP importing candidates from other parties: Ashok Chavan

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Pitted against his former colleague Pratap Patil Chikhlikar, who is contesting on BJP ticket from Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra, senior Saturday attacked Devendra Fadnavis and the ruling party, saying voters won't tolerate "liars".

Patil Chikhlikar, a former Youth from in Marathwada region of the state, is taking on Chavan on the latter's home turf, which has always remained the citadel of the party.

"Those who have to import candidates from other parties should not give advise to the people of Tell us what happened to the promises like depositing Rs 15 lakh in of the people, the increased MSP (Minimum Support Price), and giving two crore jobs. People of Nanded do not tolerate liars," Chavan, who heads the Congress in Maharashtra, said in a statement.

He said the BJP had to "import" candidate from other parties, as the ruling party has failed to find a strong candidate from its fold.

"The does not have a moral right to give advice to the people of Nanded. They know who has worked from them," said Chavan who was one of the two leaders of the Congress who withstood the Narendra Modi wave in 2014 elections in

He said the people from Nanded had defeated the "imported" candidates in the municipal corporation elections held earlier.

"That history will repeat in the Lok Sabha elections as well," the former said.

He said the BJP was shying away from talking about burning issues, and is instead politicising armed forces to derive a political mileage.

"Around 15,000 farmers have committed suicide in the last five years in The state is facing worst kind of drought," he said, adding that the BJP's flagship "Jalyukt Shivar" scheme, which was aimed at increasing the irrigation potential in the state, has come as a cropper.

He accused the government of failing to effectively implement drought mitigation measures, saying the people from rural areas are forced to migrate in the search of jobs.

Chavan reiterated his allegations regarding the loan waiver scheme and the government's promise to ensure that farmers are paid MSP 1.5 times the production cost.

Nanded constituency comprises Bhokar, Nanded North, Nanded South, Naigaon, Deglur and Mukhed assembly segments.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 20:15 IST
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