A crab meal for the minister?
NCP workers find a novel way to hit back after minister's ill-advised remarks on dam collapse in Maharashtra
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) workers in Pune found a novel way to hit back in politics: they dumped crabs outside Maharashtra's Water Conservation Minister Tanaji Sawant’s home, to protest some ill-thought out remarks made by the Shiv Sena leader.
A controversy erupted after the collapse of the Tiware dam in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra some days ago. Sawant ill-advisedly said the dam was damaged by the crabs found aplenty in the reservoir.
The NCP was quick to pounce on his remarks. On Tuesday, NCP workers left crabs outside the minister’s home to draw attention to his statement on the dam breach.
The NCP had even wanted to file a case under section 302 (murder) case against crabs at the Shahpuri Police, but were reportedly turned away by the police.
NCP president Sharad Pawar has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavi urging speedy rehabilitation of the flood-affected people.
Last week, due to heavy rains, the dam collapsed in Ratnagiri, triggering the deaths of nearly 20 people. It also led to flooding in six villages, and at least 12 houses were swept away. It had been repaired only in May.