Double standard of Sena exposes on farmers’ issue

Sanjay Raut

When the farmers of Maharashtra are still waiting for compensation of their damaged crops and the announced bail-out packages, the Shiv Sena spokesman and Rajya Sabha member, Sanjay Raut on Wednesday is constantly talking and concerning about the on-going farmers’ agitation in Delhi.

The double-standard of the Sena leader was again exposed when he alleged that the government has stretched the on-going farmers’ issue, instead of solving it. However, he never talked about the farmers’ plights of Maharashtra since the Sena-led government took the reign of the state November last year. In his “usual style,” Raut on Wednesday said that the union government is stretching the issue this far, is like paving way for a new anarchy. The on-going farmers’ agitation can be solved in five minutes if the Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself steps in, he said. Talking to a Marathi channel, Raut said the BJP-led NDA government should have a dialogue with the farmers who are protesting for the last 21 days outside Delhi, demanding scrapping of the Centre’s three new agri-marketing laws.

According to the Sena spokesman, the government can solve the issue in 30 minutes sitting with the agitating farmers, if it wants.”I think the issue will be solved in five minutes if the prime minister himself intervenes,” he said. The Sena leader said the protesters are Indians own farmers and the government should have a dialogue with them.

However, Raut forgot to mention that at least half a dozen cabinet ministers, including the union Home minister Amit Shah, the union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyus Goyal and the BJP chief JP Nadda are constantly negotiating with the farm leaders for resolving the issue.

The Sena leader said the government has stretched the issue far. Stretching the issue this far, is like paving way for a new anarchy, Raut said. Enacted in September, the three farm laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow cultivators to sell their produce anywhere in the country. However, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of minimum support price and do away with the mandis, leaving them at the mercy of big corporate.

The Sena should concentrate the issues of Maharashtra, rather involving in issues of other states for political reasons. If it fails to provide reasonable dues to Maharashtra farmers, it has no moral right to talk about farmers of Punjab and Haryana. Moreover, Sena indirectly supported the laws when it was tabled before the Parliament in September last.

** M Charulata