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Posted at: Apr 23, 2019, 3:13 PM; last updated: Apr 23, 2019, 3:13 PM (IST)

Modi keeping mum on farmer suicides, lack of jobs: Pawar

Modi keeping mum on farmer suicides, lack of jobs: Pawar
Sharad Pawar. File photo

Thane, April 23

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of deliberately maintaining “silence” on issues like suicides by farmers and unemployment while campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls.

Addressing a rally at Bhayander in Thane district of Maharashtra on Monday night, Pawar said unemployment had gone up manifold since the NDA government came to power in 2014.

The former Union minister alleged that the Modi government lacked policies for ensuring industrial and agricultural growth.

He was canvassing for Anand Paranjape who is the NCP candidate from Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency.

“Due to lack of any industrial policy, unemployment has gone up in Maharashtra which is the most industrialised state in the country. The Modi government is deliberately not making any attempts to ensure growth of industries and agriculture,” the NCP chief said.

Claiming that as many as 11,990 farmers had killed themselves since the BJP government assumed office, Pawar said the Prime Minister avoided talking about this reality as well as other issues like farm distress, water scarcity and price rise.

“Modi also keeps mum on the Rafale deal scam. Under the Modi government, institutions like the RBI, CBI and Supreme Court are being undermined,” he alleged. PTI

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