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Sena disrupts Assembly over farmer’s loan waiver
ST Correspondent | Tuesday, 14 March 2017 AT 10:50 PM IST
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Mumbai: In a bid to oppose its own partner in the government, the Shiv Sena is making fun of itself. In the history of Indian politics, no MLA from the ruling alliance has agitated against its own government for their agenda in the Assembly and disrupted the proceedings.

Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray has directed his MLAs to disrupt the ongoing Assembly proceedings by demanding a waiver on farmers’ loans.

Though Cabinet Minister and Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam informed the media about this strategy on Monday,  other leaders said they were directed not to disrupt the session, but to be aggressive.

“Uddhav Thackeray has directed us to keep demanding loan waiver for farmers in the Assembly, but he did not ask us to disrupt the Assembly,” a senior Shiv Sena leader claimed.

Ramdas Kadam said, “It is our policy to fight for farmers. At the ongoing session, we will not allow the House to function until the State government declares a complete loan waiver to farmers.”

Dhananjay Munde, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, said the Shiv Sena has no stand and they are showing that they are not with BJP. “It is a false fight between two friends to show differences. The MLAs are agitating at the Assembly gate, while the ministers of their own party are enjoying power in the same House, it’s a dual stand,” said Munde.

“If they really are with the farmers, they have to resign and not agitate,” he demanded.    

A senior leader from Shiv Sena claimed that after getting indirect support from BJP in the municipal corporation, the Shiv Sena has lost trust of the people. To regain trust they are trying to underline the differences with the BJP.  

The Shiv Sena said their MLAs will resign if the government doesn’t waive farmers’ loans.

The Assembly has not been able to function for an entire week because of the united opposition from Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

Last Wednesday, Sena MLAs also joined in. Shiv Sena ministers also participated in a protest held at Vidhan Bhavan. Interestingly, to counter the growing narrative over loan waiver, even BJP MLAs held separate protests at Vidhan Bhavan premises on the same issue. 

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