A controversy broke out in Maharashtra after flood relief material featured the pictures of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. It sparked a major uproar in the state after opposition slammed the BJP government for seeking credit for helping people, months before the state goes to polls.
Apart from Mr Fadnavis, the stickers also had pictures of BJP MLA from Ichalkaranji, Suresh Halvankar. The relief material was being supplied to people of flood-hit Sangli and Kolhapur.
NCP leader, Dhananjay Munde said: “They didn’t provide aid to the flood-hit people for two days so that they could get time to design and print stickers with their pictures on it? For this show-off, they will keep the people hungry.”
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana chief Raju Shetti said that the government will go to any lengths to get publicity.
“It is not proper to advertise like this on government-supplied relief materials. The people of the state will teach them an appropriate lesson,” Mr. Shetti said.
Reacting on the controversy, Mr Fadnavis said he was not aware of his pictures on relief material.
Over 28 people have been killed in Maharashtra in the last few days due to heavy rainfall and floods. In Sangli, the worst-hit districts of the state, where 14 people died after a boat engaged in rescue work overturned.
Source : Various