Maharashtra farmers protest: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray warned its ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday evening by saying that if the loan waiver which was recently announced by chief minister Davendra Fadnavis is not implemented till July, a big step can be taken, reported ANI. “Patient enough to wait and give them (govt) time to implement (loan waiver) till July. If they unable to do it, big step can be taken,” Thackeray said. He said the announcement came as a victory for the farmers’ unity. “Our demand is very clear. We want their loans to be written off completely,” he said.
Thackeray who met the farmers across the state, including Puntamba village on Tuesday while talking to media said, “I would like to thank the farmers. We have heard of a green revolution but the farmers of Maharashtra have shown that those who can bring about a green revolution can also cause a revolution.” He added that farmers have not committed any crime but actually brought a revolution. “I don’t believe in the word ‘karz mafi’ it should be called as ‘karz mukti’. ‘Mafi’ is given to those who have committed a crime. Farmers have not committed any crime but have brought about a revolution,” the Sena chief said.
However, he congratulated the state government for taking this step but added that implementation is also necessary. “I congratulate the Maharashtra government. This is a moment to be celebrated, but most importantly, fast implementation of the announcement is necessary. Loan waiver has been announced now. We will be patient enough to wait now and give the government time until July to implement its announcement. If they do not do so, a big step will be taken next month,” he said.