The Shiv Sena’s strong arm tactics were on display again as a party zila parishad or district council member assaulted an official of Central Bank of India in the drought-hit Yavatmal district on Wednesday.
The Sena claimed that Pravin Shinde was protesting against the bank’s malpractices in handing out crop loans to farmers.
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“Shinde and the local party unit were protesting against the bank’s refusal to give farmers the due loans. The bank was forcing farmers to go to agents and approving only those loans which were pushed by agents. When questioned, the bank employee started behaving arrogantly, leading to a ruckus,” a Sena leader said.
The Sena has stood by Shinde so far and decided not to carry out any action against him on the issue.
“The cause was just. Often, on such occasions, a Shiv sainik gets emotional. It’s the way the party functions,” another Sena leader said.