Mumbai: The Opposition in Maharashtra
Legislative Assembly today staged a walkout to protest against
what it called discrimination by the state government against
the Khandesh region, turning a blind eye towards hardships of
banana growers who have suffered crop losses on account of
unseasonal rains for the last six years.
Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse charged that the
government was deliberately neglecting the demands of banana
growers and not providing financial assistance as it does to
sugarcane and cotton growers.
"To protest against such negligence and injustice towards
North Maharashtra (Khandesh), the Opposition is staging a
walkout," Khadse said while leading the opposition members out
of the House.
The issue came up during the Question Hour and Relief and
Rehabilitation Minister Patangrao Kadam who said that banana
plantations spread over 910.04 hectare were damaged in Jalgaon
district due to the unseasonal rains last month.
While in Nandurbar District, 125.31 hectare banana crop
was lost. As many as five persons died when lightening struck
them in these two districts, Kadam informed the House.
The minister said the government will take a decision on
compensation package to banana growers before the end of the
However, Opposition members were not satisfied with the
reply. Khadse said the government had done nothing for the
last six years and the banana growers had suffered losses to
the tune of Rs 250 crore.