Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, one of leading Congress leaders charged the BJP led government in Maharashtra on Tuesday of anomalies in its purchase order for books meant for extra reading by school going children.
According to him, a purchase deal of Rs 8.17 crore out of the total Rs 41 crore was done through a RSS linked publication by the name of ‘Bhartiya Vichar Sadhana’ and which included books at inflated rates. Two books which could be obtained for Rs 20 were bought for Rs 50 by the state government. The books focused more on religion and mythology rather than history which was the need of the hour. The subject matter and the descriptive style too were beyond the comprehension of primary school going children and therefore according to him it was best if they were withdrawn. Vikhe Patil also had a grouse against the department of state education for placing an order for books on PM, Narendra Modi’s life.
Another charge levied by him against the state government was with respect to appointment of inexperienced institutions affiliated to RSS for conducting an analysis on the issue of Maratha quota. Instead of allotting the work to renowned institutes like the Gokahle Institute of Politics and Economics or Tata Institute of Social Sciences, it was given to the unheard Sharda Consultancy Services from Nagpur and Rambhau Mhalagi Probodhini from Mumbai.
Taking a jibe at the state government Vikhe Patil stated that using RSS related ‘Keshav Srushti’ and ‘Reshim Baug’ by the state government for holding imminent meetings and assembly sessions respectively would not be surprising.
He was against the government funding of ‘Shiv Srushti’, a Shivaji Maharaj based mammoth park project undertaken by Babasaheb Purandarein Ambegaon Budruk which lies in the district of Pune. According to him Shivaji Maharaj’s history has been distorted by Purandare and he therefore felt that the park project should involve recommendations of well-known historical experts rather than relying solely on Purandare’s imagination.