MUMBAI: Targeting the BJP governments at the Centre as well as the state over farmer-related issues, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said that the tremendous response that the agitation led by former union finance minister Yashwant Sinha received should ring alarm bells for the BJP governments.
Thackeray, in the editorial of party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, said, “Yashwant Sinha was never a mass leader but a bureaucrat-turned-politician. Yet if farmers supported his agitation, it should ring alarm bells for the BJP and the government. The government should fulfil the demands of farmers of Akola while it has the time.”
The 80-year-old former BJP strongman has been agitating for farmers' rights and was recently detained in Akola, Maharashtra while leading a protest for the acceptance of demands of the farmers in Vidarbha.
In the editorial Thackeray also questioned chief minister Devendra Fadnavis' motive behind asking Sinha to take back the agitation. He asked, “Why did the Chief Minister beg Sinha to take back the agitation? That was because this agitation could turn out ugly and affect the upcoming Winter session of the state legislature.”
The editorial also questioned the efficacy of BJP-led governments at the Centre and in Maharashtra solved in connection with farmer-related issues like loan waiver. Thackeray, rapping the government over its advertisement spendings, said, “..the government spent crores of rupees in advertisements even before the actual loan waiver was implemented to gain credit. Like the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the loan waiver is also stuck in announcements.”
Thackeray added that Shiv Sena will continue to demand implementation of the recommendations of Swaminathan committee, a complete loan waiver, minimum support price (MSP) for farmers because these were the promises on the back of which BJP came to power.