Yashwant’s protest for farmers issues an alarm bell for govt: Sena

The Shiv Sena said the response garnered by BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha’s agitation in Maharashtra over farmers’ issues should set off alarm bells for the state government.

The former Union minister, who has had frequent run-ins with the current BJP leadership, was detained on Monday evening while protesting outside the Akola district collector’s office against the state government’s ‘apathy’ towards the farmers of Vidarbha.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had spoken to the 80-year-old leader over phone on Tuesday and discussed farmers’ issues.

Sinha called off his three-day-old protest in Akola, saying Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had assured him that their demands will be met.

The Sena noted that prominent leaders of the country had supported Sinha’s agitation.

“We (referring to Uddhav Thackeray) too spoke to Sinha over phone. The question is about farmers’ life and death and thus not worrying about what will happen to power, we supported his agitation,” the party said in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

The Sena said that 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,” it opined.


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