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After farmers, small traders in Maharashtra are committing suicide, says Shiv Sena

The BJP’s policies, such as GST, are driving Maharashtra’s traders and small business owners to desperation, the Saamana editorial said.

mumbai Updated: Jun 05, 2018 10:28 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said his party will go solo in the upcoming elections.(HT File Photo)

Criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Maharashtra government once again, the Shiv Sena on Monday said that after farmers, now struggling traders are committing suicide because of unfriendly policies.

In an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the party, an alliance partner in the state government, cited the suicide of one Dattatreya Gund, a chana dal (chick pea) trader from Kalamb in Osmanabad district, and said that many policies, including the rolling out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), are driving Maharashtra’s traders and small business owners to kill themselves.

Gund had purchased 800 quintals of chick peas and he did not see the possibility of it selling in the near future, the editorial said. It alleged that Gund, before hanging himself, left a suicide note to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stating that “government policies had finished business owners”. “Things were going alright, just then your government policies and drought have finished us. Make changes in policies and save farmers and business owners,” his note said, according to ‘Saamana’.

The Sena has been attacking the state government relentlessly, ever since it announced that it would go solo in all upcoming elections. The rift between the two ruling parties widened further after the Sena for the first time fielded a candidate in the Palghar Lok Sabha bypolls, held last week.

“Several announcements, including a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farmers, Jalyukt Shivar, free seeds, farm loan waiver and crop insurance, were made in the past four years, but the benefit of these schemes have not reached the ordinary farmers, nor the businessmen,” the editorial said. “The empty promises of the state government to give MSP for agricultural produce and to buy it have been highlighted by this suicide.”

First Published: Jun 04, 2018 17:24 IST