Mumbai: The BJP MP Nana Patole, who has been openly attacking his party and the government, is now organizing a farmers’ rally in Buldhana, one of the suicide-prone districts of Vidarbha region, along with the anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, on November 7.
Patole, who is meeting the political adversaries of BJP to embarrass the government and the party, will meet the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi next month on farmers’ issue and try to corner the government at the centre as well as in the state. He already met, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday in Mumbai and is now in Bangalore to meet the spiritual guru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
The rebel BJP MP will be sharing dais in Pune on November 15 with the former union ministers Yeshwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, who have become strong critics of the Modi government’s policies. Both — Sinha and Shourie considered as extremely learned and experienced intellectuals have been invited to speak on country’s current economic situation and farmers’ plights there.
The BJP Lok Sabha member also announced that he would tour Yavatmal district, along with Sena chief Thackeray soon. Yavatmal is known as farmers’ suicide capital and recently witnessed a spate of deaths caused by pesticide spraying in cotton fields. Thackeray and his party, though ruling partners of the BJP, are invariably opposing every action of the BJP to attract public attention.
At least 50 farmers died due to suspected pesticide poisoning in Vidarbha since August this year and most deaths were reported from Yavatmal, a major cotton-growing district in the region.
With his direct and repeated attacks on Fadnavis for failure to handle farmers’ issues in state, and on Modi for not hearing him out on OBCs’ demands, Patole has tried to embarrass the party. He is now demanding setting up of a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the pesticide deaths and has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for it.
A former Congress leader, Patole grew in politics from a Zilla Parishad member. He served as an MLA thrice and won the Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha seat in 2014 general elections by defeating the NCP stalwart Praful Patel as a BJP nominee.