Uddhav Thackeray asks Shiv Sena ministers to gear up, visit Marathwada

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has pulled up his party ministers for 'not doing enough to help' people affected by water crisis in Marathwada region and asked them to 'gear up' by visiting the drought-hit areas.

According to a senior Sena leader, Thackeray 'fired' his party ministers at his residence 'Matoshree' on Tuesday for 'not doing enough to help people affected by water crisis.'

"Uddhavji has instructed party leaders to push Shiv Jal Kranti Yojana (Water Revolution Scheme) across the Marathwada region and has also decided to tour the region in the second week of this month," the leader said.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is on a tour of Marathwada and is visiting drought-affected villages. He had also announced holding of a Cabinet meeting at Aurangabad this month, but the date is yet to be finalised. Other BJP ministers, including Pankaja Munde and Babanrao Lonikar, have accompanied the CM on his visit to Aurangabad, Beed and Osmanabad districts.

Reportedly upset with the absence of party ministers in the drought-hit regions of the state, Thackeray had called Sena ministers to 'Matoshree' on Tuesday late evening. "We have worked much more in the Marathwada region. But, today an image has been created that the Sena has ignored farmers," the leader said.

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