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Maharashtra government flayed over Chhatrapati Shivaji statue

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 - 7:35am IST | Agency: dna

Opposition leaders in the legislative council criticised the state govt for giving empty promises for the Shivaji Memorial and not doing anything concrete.

"Shivaji Memorial is far from being realised. Since the past ten years, the state govt has been bringing the proposal in the budget, but has done little to realise the dream of the people of the state. The
memorial exists only on paper and drawings, and has not moved beyond," said Vinod Tawde, leader of opposition in the council, on Monday.

Ramdas Kadam, Sena MLC, said, "If you (Congress–NCP) cannot shoulder the responsibility of the Shivaji memorial, which is the dream of each Maharashtrian, we will do it once we come to power. The
apathy exhibited towards the building memorial is clear when we look at the budget proposals since 2005. Even the finance minister has promised the memorial, but no action has been taken."

Jayant Patil, MLC, Peasants and Workers' Party, said that if the state govt wanted to build the memorial and didn't have money, they could seek help from the BJP and approach the NDA govt for the financial assistance. "Since the past five years, this proposal has been moved by the state, but the state govt is not serious. I can donate my development fund for the memorial if the state lacks funds," said Patil.

Leader of the Opposition, Vinod Tawde, raised the issue of Local Body Tax (LBT), in the legislative council on Monday. "It is a tug-of-war between the Congress and the NCP. Neither party wants to allow the other to be credited with taking the decision. Even abolishing toll on the toll nakas, which has a turn-over of less than Rs10 crore, should have been declared. But the govt disappointed the people of the state for its petty internal politics," Tawde said.

Pandurang Phundkar, senior BJP leader in the legislative council, commented, "Since the past two years, traders in the state and city are anxious over the LBT issue. At least do it before the new govt comes to power. Giving relief to traders is very important. But not announcing in the budget has disappointed them the most," Phundkar said.

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