Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan kick-started the campaign for assembly elections on Monday by attacking the Narendra Modi-led central government. Chavan alleged that the union government was deliberately denying power from central grids to Maharashtra, which, in turn, would lead to a major power crisis in the state.
Addressing a Congress workers' meeting at Azad Maidan, Chavan said if the state faced a power crisis, then the BJP government will be held responsible. "Actually, it is the centre's responsibility to supply power to states. But the centre is playing politics and it is not good for the development of the state," said the chief minister. Before addressing the rally, Congress leaders lit a 'mahajyot' (flame) at the Hutatma Chowk (martyrs' memorial) to pay homage to the martyrs of the Samyukta Maharashtra movement.
Chavan had recently written to the prime minister, requesting him to convene a meeting of all chief ministers to discuss the power situation and find out solutions. Chavan said the report card of the first 100 days of the Modi government was "dismal".
The chief minister also said that the BJP had failed on all fronts. "People have realised that the BJP government could not bring down inflation. Instead of coming down, cost of living has gone up. Actually, they should take concrete steps to provide relief to the people. But they are busy in merely inaugurating projects which were started and completed by the Congress-led UPA government," stated the chief minister.
The rally was also addressed by former union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who is the manifesto committee chairman of Maharashtra Congress, campaign committee chairman Narayan Rane and co-ordination committee head Ashok Chavan.