Only Modi praise won’t do, work for farmers, Shiv Sena tells BJP

The Sena echoed the Opposition’s demand for announcement of a waiver on farm loans

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 16, 2015 11:47 am
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Amid rising pressure from the Opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday faced embarrassment at the hands of ally Shiv Sena over farm crisis in Maharashtra.

Echoing the Opposition’s demand for announcement of a waiver on farm loans, the Shiv Sena took swipes at the BJP leadership on the floor of the House. “Singing praises of Modi (Narendra Modi) is not enough. It was the farmers that brought us to power in Maharashtra, electing 200 legislators. They had voted out the previous government as they found it useless. If we do not strive for them, they will deem this government useless too,” Shiv Sena legislator Gulabrao Patil said during a discussion on the farm crisis.

To score over the Opposition that has been boycotting proceedings in both Houses over the demand for a loan waiver for drought-hit farmers, the ruling benches had initiated a proposal for a discussion on the issue.

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Heaping praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP’s Anil Gote, who spoke first on the proposal, targeted senior Congress and Nationalist Congress Party leaders, including former Union Minister Sharad Pawar, for rising farmer suicides and deepening agrarian crisis in the state.”We are paying the price for the sins of the Congress and NCP. Their corruption has contributed to the sorry plight of farmers in the state,” Gote remarked.

But even as the BJP legislators were thumping benches, Gulabrao Patil objected to the “politicisation” of the farm suicide issue, following which there was a verbal duel between legislators from both parties.

Patil, who was the next to speak, however, adopted a contrasting tone.

”We call farmer the king, yet make them suffer,” he remarked.

While appreciating works taken up under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s pet ‘Jalyukt Shivar’ initiative for drought-proofing Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena legislator gave former CM Prithviraj Chavan the credit for the idea.

“It was he (Chavan) who first took the initiative. But the initiative suffered due to simmering ties between the Congress and the NCP. Farmers might have even elected them back in power had they taken up these works satisfactorily,” Patil said.

Though the BJP has been quoting the poor financial condition of the state to resist a loan waiver, Patil said, “It’s no use to tell farmers that the state debt has now touched the Rs 3.85 lakh crore mark. They elected us on the promise that they would get light and water. While it’s early days in the government, we must work to fulfill this promise.”

Another Sena legislator Arjun Khotkar said the government must work towards making farmers loan-free. He also said the drought-hit Marathwada continued to get a step motherly treatment.

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  1. X
    Jul 16, 2015 at 12:04 pm
    Shiv Sena is as good as opposition and incompetent imbeciles. Can't just work for farmers alone. Need to work for the w country in totality. Need infra, labor reforms, land reforms. If prev Govts at centre and states had put required infrastructure in place the country would not be in this situation. That's Modi Govt is doing developing infrastructure, putting in place land reforms etc, This is slow process, more slow because of the opposition including Shiv Sena. Guys, there is no magic wand.
    1. Sachitananda Rao
      Jul 16, 2015 at 4:27 pm
      Very good Shiv Sena...
      1. V
        Jul 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm
        Farming has ben neglected since 2nd five year plan in 50's. Need to be taken up on urgent basis.
        1. Y
          Jul 16, 2015 at 2:11 pm
          SS need to Shut up. SS thinks that only they are good to Maharashtra and marathi people. They are giving trouble to BJP itself and indirectly helping NCP and congress. why dont they understand that people of maharashtra have given mandate to BJP. accept the fact and help BJP to solve people's problems. SS cant digest the fact that BJP has more power than them and thats what makes them go crazy. SS got so many seats only because they got sympathy votes due to Bal thackeray's death. next time SS will be as good as MNS is today. if this govt falls, only SS will be responsible for it. SS cant be opposition and in government at the same time. stop being childish. people have kicked out even the best of best from throne due to such bizarre behavior. control your politicians from spoiling the political atmosphere and show some sensible work and help BJP. SS will never get power alone in maharashtra ever. they dont have that ambitious and influential leaders to make this happen, many are unexperienced and childish. Modi is way better and talented than all SS members together. learn something from him rather than being jealous from him. this country belongs to all not only farmers. enough loan was waived of from farmers and waiving off loans doesn't guarantee stopping suicides. Modi has a vision and understands the sentiments of this country. no other leader is as influential as knowledgeable than him atleast not in SS. so Mr Uddhav and his team should grow up else you will become like MNS and Raj no power, no opposition nothing left.