Sena says farmers’ protest brought Centre to its knees, asks when will Maharashtra show solidarity like Punjab

Extending support to farmers’ protest against new farm laws, the Shiv Sena on Friday said the ‘invincible’ image of PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah has suffered a blow like never before.

The Shiv Sena, in its mouthpiece Saamana, on Friday wrote, “Never seen the Modi government in so much trouble in the last six years. The misunderstanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah can bend anyone has been proven false by farmers.”

Taking a dig at the BJP, Shiv Sena wrote in Saamana, “Even in this cold weather, farmers of Punjab have forced the Modi government to sweat. Campaigns were launched to defame the farmers’ movement but tables instead turned on IT cell of the BJP.”

Saying the farmers’ protest has put immense pressure on the Narendra Modi-led government, Saamana editorial said, “Usual weapons of government, CBI, Income Tax, ED, NCB can’t do anything here. In fact, farmers of Punjab have sent a notice to the Modi government to ‘move back or leave the chair’.” The farmers have brought the central government to its knees, the Sena said.

The Saamana editorial praised protesting farmers of Punjab, saying they deserve fame and glory.

On Parkash Singh Badal returning Padma Vibushan, Sena wrote in Saamana, “Punjab’s singer, artists, players are returning their national award and BJP is laughing on them. Even Parkash Singh Badal returned his Padma Vibhusan. We praise and congratulate Badal, artists and players.”

“Never seen such unity as in Punjab. World leaders have supported Punjab farmers protest. It is time the Modi government listens to farmers. Today Punjab is boiling, what will happen when tomorrow whole country will?” Sena remarked.

The Saamana editorial then went on to ask when Maharashtra will show such solidarity. “Many such opportunities have come and gone, but how many ‘Marathi’ intellectuals, like Punjab, have stood in solidarity?” Sena asked.

In an editorial earlier this week, the Shiv ) Shiv Sena had slammed the treatment meted out to protesting farmers, saying it was cruel to use water cannons on them amid a cold wave sweeping parts of north India.

The farmers have been protesting at Delhi’s borders for eight days against the new farm laws. “Our farmers are being treated as terrorists and attacked at Delhi borders while terrorists are killing our soldiers on the border in Kashmir,” an editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana said.

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