Shiv Sena ministers have embarked on a drought tour of North Maharashtra to reach out to farmers affected by poor monsoon. Shiv Sena ministers and 22 MLAs have been asked to place themselves in North Maharashtra and move around addressing grievances of farmers in the region. They will be visiting the 40 talukas in the region.
The delegation will provide relief to families where farmers have committed suicide and will hold review meetings at district levels. The decision to send Sena ministers is based on Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s attempt to project the party as a saviour of farmers in the state.
Thackeray has been taking potshots at senior alliance partner BJP over handling of the drought.
Earlier this month, he questioned why farmers were still suffering in Maharashtra in spite of “our government” in power in the state and the Centre.
He accused agriculture minister and BJP leader Eknath Khadse of “making a mockery” of drought-hit farmers.
“The Union agriculture minister said he did not receive any proposal of aid for drought-affected farmers. Khadse said
Rs 920 crore have been received before the proposal was sent. Later, I was told it was from last year’s funds. At least now send the proposal and get Rs 4,500 crore,” he had said earlier this month. He also claimed that in the next elections, the chief minister would be from the Shiv Sena.
“He will go to the people and tour the state instead of going out,” he had said taking a jibe at Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s frequent foreign visits.