Maharashtra farmers waiting for immediate help, not new government: Shiv Sena

MUMBAI: Amid the confrontation with ally BJP about the formation of the next government in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena Friday demanded immediate relief for farmers affected by non-seasonal rains in parts of the state.

In an editorial in its spokesman Saamana, the party led by Uddhav Thackeray said that farmers who have suffered crop loss should receive adequate compensation without compromising any conditions.

Farmers in the state are waiting for immediate assistance and not a new government, the editorial said.

He said that farmers who endured the worst part of the dry drought during all these years now face a wet drought since the rains have continued despite the end of the monsoon more than fifteen days ago.

The Marathi newspaper said that adequate compensation should be given to affected farmers regardless of terms and conditions, as if the damage was caused by heavy rains or little seasonal rains.

Due to the rains since the last month, all the expenses incurred by farmers in agriculture had been wasted, Sena spokesman lamented.

Looking at the main ally, the BJP, the editorial said: Instead of supporting farmers, efforts are focused on obtaining support for government formation.

Despite obtaining a mandate, there is still no new government, he said.

However, the editorial did not name the BJP, which has rejected the Sena’s demand to split the prime minister’s office for 2.5 years each.

There is a provisional government in the place that is busy propping up their numbers to claim to form the next dispensation, according to the newspaper.

The editorial said a Shiv Sena delegation met the governor on Thursday demanding assistance for farmers whose crops have been damaged by unseasonal showers.

Shiv Sena leader and Worli MLA Aaditya Thackeray was part of the delegation that met Governor.

More than politics of power, the Shiv Sena believes in saving farmers, the paper added.

The Seine and the BJP are entangled in a dispute to share power in the next government.

The Sena requires the post of Chief Minister for 2.5 years and the portfolio division at 50:50.

Both lawsuits have been rejected by the BJP, which has insisted that the Chief Minister will continue to hold the position for the next five years.