The ruling Shiv Sena party in Maharashtra has revealed that 27 out of 40 party MLAs were sent to check the farmer’s condition and submit a report of the same to party chief Uddhav Thackeray. Instead, they chose to work from home and did not go to their alloted areas.
Mr. Thackeray slammed the party MLAs for their “absolute negligence” and “utter carelessness” towards farmers’ issues and said that neglecting agrarian problems are putting the state government on the back foot.
“We demand farm loan waiver for farmers of Maharashtra. We have always said this and continue on our position. To push forward the demand, we are launching our campaign to make farmers debt free. The concept and execution of it will be disclosed at a party’s meeting in Mumbai, within few days,” Mr Thackeray said on Sunday, when he had gone to Aurangabad to meet the elected MLAs chosen for submitting the report.
All the 40 MLAs were allotted a constituency other than their own for the ground visit. Sources said that some MLAs are reported to have sent their proxies. “He was extremely unhappy with the feedback that 27 of his MLAs chose to not follow his orders. Not only did he warn them to not do this in future but has also decided to tighten the organisational set up in the coming months,” said a senior party leader.
Taking advantage of the situation, the Opposition was quick in slamming Sena. “If they cannot even go to villages, will they be able to solve their issues? What expectations should one have? ” Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Leader of Opposition said.