BJP Ministers Got 50 Times More Funds Than Sena in Budget: NCP

MUMBAI: The NCP today claimed departments headed by BJP ministers had been allotted nearly 50 times more money than what was given to the Shiv Sena ministers in Maharashtra’s Budget for FY17, presented last week.

Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde, speaking during the debate on Budget, also said that while the Governor in his speech announced some new schemes, there was no allocation for them.

“Governor spoke about a memorial for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and (late Sena chief) Balasaheb Thackeray, but the government made no mention of it in the Budget. (Sena’s MoS for Finance Deepak) Kesarkar, if I were a Shiv Sainik, I would have refused to read the Budget speech,” Munde said.

“I can understand if BJP leaders lie, but it is shocking that they have spoken lies through the Governor’s mouth,” he added.

The NCP leader said while a total of Rs 95,000 crore were allocated to departments headed by BJP ministers, merely 2,000 crore were allocated for departments headed by Sena ministers.

“Subhash Desai’s department (Industries) has been given Rs 40 crore, Diwakar Raote’s department (Transport) has beengiven Rs 130 crore, Eknath Shinde (PWD) has been given Rs 120 crore, Ramdas Kadam (Environment) Rs 35 crore. Only Health department headed by Deepak Sawant has been given Rs 1,544 crore only because they couldn’t reduce it,” he said.

Munde said each department of BJP ministers received what those held by Sena Ministers received together.

“You (Sena ministers) could have tolerated if the BJPgave you one ministerial berth less. But if you don’t get money to do people’s work, why are you in power?” he asked.