Mumbai: Criticising the Maharashtra government over its use of social media platform for making official announcements related to schemes and packages, NCP on Monday alleged that the state was fooling people through such "false" statements.
"There is a new trend emerging nowadays. Ministers have now started using social networking sites like Twitter to announce schemes and packages for farmers. For example, Eknath Khadse yesterday tweeted about declaring a financial package for farmers, who lost crops due to unseasonal rains. This is an insult to the House, because such announcements should be made here," Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde said in the Legislative Council.
The NCP leader was speaking during a discussion on the Devendra Fadnavis government's maiden budget.
"Do farmers use Twitter? Which farmer has a Twitter account and follows the account of ministers?," he asked.
He also stated that the government needs to stop making announcements on Twitter.
"Devendra Fadnavis should stop making false claims on Twitter, because he is only fooling the people by making false announcements," Munde said.
According to the estimates, farmers have suffered losses to the tune of Rs 4,800 crore due to drought conditions, but the government has only given Rs 4,000 crore as relief, he added.
"What about the remaining Rs 800 crore? Don't you want to give this amount because these farmers voted for you? Or don't you want them to survive?" he asked.
Munde alleged that the government intends to give the contract of providing ready-made toilets to a single manufacturer from Gujarat.
"I say this with responsibility. The government wants to provide ready-made toilets only so that a single manufacturer from Gujarat can benefit," he said.