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Maharashtra drought worse than 1972: Sharad Pawar

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Pawar began touring the affected regions immediately after the four-phase Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra got over, and will meet Fadnavis to discuss remedial measures.
MUMBAI: Putting pressure on the Maharashtra government to do more for drought-hit regions in the state, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has called the current drought situation in the state worse than the one in 1972.

Pawar has written to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis asking him to intervene and make sure that more state aid is sent to the affected regions. Pawar wrote to Fadnavis after touring drought-hit regions such as Beed, Ahmednagar and Solapur. Incidentally, Pawar began touring the affected regions immediately after the four-phase Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra got over, and will meet Fadnavis to discuss remedial measures.

While Pawar may have likened the current situation to the 1972 drought, political analyst Prakash Joshi said, “The current drought is not as severe as the one in 1972, as even getting foodgrains was difficult during that period. Entire villages were migrating to cities during those times.”

He said the NCP chief was setting the agenda for the assembly polls in the state that would be held later this year. “By claiming that the drought is worse than that of1972, he was essentially trying to give a perception that the BJP-led government is not serious about the drought,” said Joshi.
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