Pune: Raising doubt over Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis led government, former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan said that this government is making excuses while awarding the reservation to Maratha community.
He was in the city to present the Tilak Award to K Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the occasion of 98th death anniversary of Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak. Deepak Tilak, President of the trust, was also present. The function took place at Tilak Smarak Mandir.
He said, “People have lost their patience and trust on this government as it has failed to handle the matter in the right way. Though there were flaws when the law was framed by the Congress government, BJP committed the same mistakes and got the stay over it. This only proves that their intentions are not honest.”
Chavan also raised question over Fadnavis’ claim that Dhangar community will get the reservation within seven days. “The government has only given false promises to Maratha and Dhangar communities. How is it possible to give reservation, when nothing significant has been attempted in last three and half years?” questioned Chavan.
Former Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who was also present on the occasion, said that it was his party who had constituted a committee in this regard during the tenure of late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. He criticised the Central government and called its actions wrong step by excluding lakhs of citizens of Assam from the National Register for Citizens (NRC).
He said, “All we need to do is to carry out detailed groundwork. But the current government has completely failed in handling this issue. Rather than giving a rough estimate of 40 lakh or 50 lakh migrants in Assam, concrete work needs to be done to find out about the exact number of migrants and others. Many of them even have their second or third generation living in Assam.”
On Mamata Banerjee’s warning of a possible civil war-like situation, Shinde said, “Many of them have tried to convert India into a Hindu-nation but all of them have failed, always. India is not a country that follows or believe in any single religion, community, caste or creed but it is a country of multiple religions and faiths.”
‘Why can’t bullet trains be made in India?’
Chavan said, “During all these years, governments have always entrusted Indian engineers and scientists to erect the country’s atomic energy base and space programmes. Then why is BJP-government buying bullet trains? Why can’t our engineers and scientists be offered a chance to do the same,” questioned Prithviraj Chavan.
‘ISRO is proud of contributing to India’s growth’
K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO, has said that India is no longer the largest country of poor people but it is one of the fastest growing in the world.
He said, “ISRO is proud in contributing to India’s growth and the space agency today has advanced technology and has calibrated its roadmap for future. Future missions will lead to better connectivity to rural areas, offer better strategic and navigation facilities, prove beneficial in guarding the unmanned railway crossings and the missions will have high throughput.” He said that Tilak was the first person who promoted the idea of ‘swadeshi’.