Maharashtra farmers will not be soothed by mere assurances, says Shiv Sena
Mumbai city news: In an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece, Saamana, the Sena questioned whether the government had taken note of the farmers’ frustration demonstrated through the six consecutive day of strikes.mumbai Updated: Jun 07, 2017 11:00 IST
After it backed a state-wide bandh of Maharashtra’s farmers against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday warned that the strike has shown that farmers will not be soothed by mere assurances, and that the fight has just begun.
In an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece, Saamana, the Sena questioned whether the government had taken note of the farmers’ frustration demonstrated through the six consecutive day of strikes. “These questions still remain unanswered. It will be in everyone’s benefit if the government can reply to these questions at the earliest,” the party said, adding that the few incidents of street rage, wreckage, verbal fights, farmers shaving off their hair and the ‘Sholay’-style protests should not be seen as violence and stunts, but a measure of the farmers’ grievances and frustration.
However, instead of taking note of the incidents, the Devendra Fadnavis-led government clamped down on Internet services in Nashik, the epicentre of the strike. “It is as if the district is like the troubled state of Kashmir, and farmers are like traitors, pelting stones at Indian soldiers,” the Shiv Sena said, taunting its ally, adding that the Sena will continue to whole-heartedly back the farmers till their last demand is met.
Maharashtra’s farmers have been agitating for the past five days, crippling supply of vegetables, fruits and milk in some parts, mainly demanding a complete loan waiver and a minimum support price for their produce.
Attempting to quell the protests, the state government last week promised a loan waiver for small and marginal farmers, assuring them that it will firm up a decision by October 31.
The Shiv Sena, which has been in constant conflict with the BJP and is looking to strengthen its rural presence, has backed the agitating farmers and joined opposition parties in criticising the government despite being part of it.