Maharashtra Revenue Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil hit out at Congress on Wednesday, saying his policy revolved around attacking the Centre, keeping more important public and party-related issues on the back burner.
“Congress politics begins and ends with attacks on the Center,” Vikhe Patil told Ahmednagar, commenting on the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi. “The only concern of the leaders of Congress is to keep their own identity. The party is fighting for its survival. What is appalling is that the real agenda of the Congress is put on the backburner and they don’t even bother to champion public causes,” the BJP leader added.
In Maharashtra, the Congress has compromised its ideology to become part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, Vikhe Patil has said. Congress, he alleged, was given secondary treatment in the MVA government, and yet Congress leaders remained in alliance with the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party for power.
“Congress finds itself on weak ground. To maintain his identity, he must show that he is doing something. So, the easiest thing to get attention is to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. For everything, they hold the Center responsible, which is regrettable”, observed Vikhe Patil.
Vikhe Patil, head of revenue ministry in the BJP-Eknath Shinde Sena coalition government, oversees 355 talukas in 36 districts of Maharashtra.
“Under the leadership of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, governance will be accelerated. All important decisions are made and given higher priority. Each district will have a Custodian Minister. Public works will not be delayed or compromised,” said Vikhe Patil, who salutes Ahmednagar district.
Vikhe Patil started his political career in Congress and was Leader of the Opposition in the State Legislature when Fadnavis was Chief Minister, leading the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition from 2014 to 2019. During the coalition government of Congress and the NCP, he had served various ministries such as school education, agriculture, etc.
Ahead of the 2019 elections, Vikhe Patil resigned from Congress to join the BJP and was rewarded with a plum portfolio given his seniority and administrative experience.