Safety nets at Mantralaya: Maharashtra government’s mind is unstable, says Shiv Sena
Over the past few months, there have been several suicide bids in and around Mumbai’s Mantralayamumbai Updated: Feb 14, 2018 13:56 IST
The Shiv Sena took a dig at the Devendra Fadnavis government for installing safety nets at Mantralaya after a murder convict committed suicide by jumping off the building’s fifth floor on February 8.
In an editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the party slammed the decision to install safety nets, saying the government’s “mind” had become “unstable”. “After these suicides, there was a feeling that the government would take concrete measures — the concerns of the farmers and the hard-working people of the state would be gone forever, and they would not have to come to Mantralaya with their problems again. But the state government is putting up safety nets to prevent suicides in Mantralaya...Suicides are a blot on the state. Is installing nets the solution?” the Sena asked.
Over the past few months, there have been several suicide bids in and around the state secretariat. Recently, 84-year old farmer Dharma Patil consumed poison outside Mantralaya, alleging that the state government had not given him adequate compensation for his land in Dhule district. After undergoing treatment for a few days, he died.
“In the past three years, more than 4,000 farmers have committed suicide in the state. These suicides happened in their homes and farms. Instead of installing a nylon net at Mantralaya, the government should take steps to prevent people like Patil from committing suicide,” read the editorial.
The Sena, which has announced its decision to go solo in the next Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, has been taking on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the issues of farmers. The Shiv Sena, a junior partner in the state government, had vociferously demanded the farm loan waiver. It continues to slam the BJP over its failure to provide relief to farmers. “Owing to the unseasonal rain and hailstorm last week, crops in a 125-lakh-hectare plot have been destroyed. Now punchnamas will be carried out, relief and compensation announcements will be made, but the farmers are distraught. If their mind becomes unstable, then even nylon safety nets cannot prevent them from entering Mantralaya,” the editorial said.