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Shiv Sena attacks BJP, says “cruel” to use water cannons against protesting farmers in winter

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Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has lashed out at BJP for the way it is handling the farmers’ protest. It termed the use of water cannons on farmers amid the cold wave in north India as “cruel”.

Notably, the farmers’ protest against the contentious farm laws recently enacted by the Centre entered the fifth day on Monday.

While Amit Shah had requested the farmers to shift to Burari on the outskirts of Delhi for talks with the Centre, the majority of the farmer unions have rejected the offer. They have said they will not accept any conditional dialogue and threatened to block all five entry points to the national capital.

Farmers being treated as terrorists

An editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said that farmers are being treated as terrorists and attacked on Delhi borders while terrorists are killing our soldiers on the border in Kashmir.”

The Sena singled out Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for claiming a Khalistani link in the protests.

“BJP wants to create anarchy. Khalistan is a closed chapter for which Indira Gandhi and General Arunkumar Vaidya laid down their lives,” it said.

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“The government is using all its might to crush political opponents but why is this determination not seen while dealing with the country’s enemies,” it asked.

In the last one month, 11 soldiers from Maharashtra attained martyrdom while fighting enemies on the borders, the Sena said.

Shiv Sena’s dig at BJP

Referring to the giant statue of Sardar Patel “erected by PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah” in Gujarat, the editorial said Patel was also a leader of farmers and led many farmers’ agitation against the British. “His statue’s eyes must be moist now seeing how farmers are being treated,” it said.

Central agencies like ED and CBI are being used as weapons against political opponents, the Sena said.

“These agencies should also get a chance to display their valour,” it said and suggested that (personnel of) ED and CBI should be deployed in Ladakh and Kashmir to help the Army fight India’s enemies.

Meanwhile, Amit Shah met Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday morning. It was the second meeting within 24 hours after farmers protesting against the farm laws rejected the Centre’s proposal of early talks after shifting their protest venue.

 

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