Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray took on the Congress-NCP Thursday and criticised them for not allowing the Maharashtra Assembly to function. This is the first time since the beginning of the Monsoon Session that the Sena chief has come out in support of the BJP-led government, in which his party is an alliance partner.
“You had been in power for the last 15 years. Why did you not waive off farmers’ loans then? Why this drama now? These demands sound hollow when you did nothing in the past 15 years,” said Thackeray.
The Opposition had been boycotting proceedings of both Houses over the demand for a loan waiver for drought-hit farmers since July 13.
The Shiv Sena too, however, has been making a similar demand for a loan waiver for farmers, causing embarrassment to the BJP. On Wednesday, Sena legislator Gulabrao Patil said on the floor of the House, “Singing praises of (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.” On Thursday, Thackeray appeared to have chosen to make amends as it came out in support of the government.
“Do not teach us how to run the government. If loans cannot be waived off, farmers should be made free from all kinds of debts. We have been pressing for this demand from the time we were in Opposition,” he said.