Uddhav visits farmers in Marathwada
Talks of an alliance were meaningless at a time when farmers in the State were in the grip of a crisis, said Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday after dismissing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) promises of farm loan waiver as “utterly false”. “I have stated earlier and I am saying this again…the alliance be damned when the farmers of my State are not getting justice,” Mr. Thackeray said while addressing farmers in Beed. The Sena chief was on a tour of the Marathwada region where he distributed over 100 trucks of fodder and other essential supplies to drought-hit farmers from Beed, Jalna and other districts in the parched region. He stressed that the Sena was not interested in power or merely winning elections but in resolving the problems of farmers.
“The BJP government has only issued farmers with loan waiver certificates, and not actually waived off any debts. But when I ask the BJP what is the basis of these false figures of debt waiver, then I am criticised for being anti-government,” Mr. Thackeray said, adding that he had not come to Beed to seek votes but to awaken the slumbering government into honouring its promises. Mr. Thackeray also alleged that the Centre’s crop insurance scheme was “as big a scam” as the Rafale fighter jet deal, citing a book on the subject.