Bhujbal hits out at critics

PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal, who gave away the Mahatma Phule Samata Awards in the city on Wednesday said, "Whatever I say becomes a controversy. I have two kinds of opposers those who oppose my party work and those who oppose my social work. Some have even made it their job to create a controversy from anything I speak. However, I will not give in to them and will keep saying whatever I want to."

Dr Bhalchandra Mungekar, MP promised to allocate Rs 25 lakh from his MP local area development funds for a light and sound show on Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule, if the district administration sends a proposal to him.

Mungekar said that these days, there are more thinkers and authors than readers.

"Earning a PhD, writing books, giving speeches seem to be the guidelines to become a thinker. Mahatma Phule was not like that," he said.

Mungekar added that a thinker has to be a true intellectual with foresight.

Mahatma Phule had rightly represented today's issues of farmers' suicides and water scarcity.

"Today, the caste system is strengthening in a way, instead of weaning. Political, commercial and social powers are being concentrated in members of certain castes," he said.

MP Samir Bhujbal, MLA Girish Bapat, Mohan Joshi, Pankaj Bhujbal, corporator Kamal Vyawahare and others were present at the function.

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