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Se keeps off cabinet meeting, seeks waiver of farm loans

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 Jun 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Mumbai, June 7: Building further pressures on major ruling ally Bharatiya Jata Party (BJP), the Shiv Se stayed away from a state cabinet meeting on Wednesday, reiterating its demand that the government immediately announce a full waiver of farm loans.

Senior Se leader and minister Subhash Desai said the decision was taken to highlight the government’s “indifference” to the cause of farmers of the state, who are on an indefinite strike for the past one week.

“We met and informed the Chief Minister that we shall not attend cabinet meetings till the government announces a waiver of farmers’ loans,” Desai told media persons.

Playing down the issue, senior BJP Fince Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the Se ministers met Fadvis and took leave of absence.

“They had informed of their intention to keep away from the cabinet and informed us the reasons for it. Since there were no major issues to be discussed, they were permitted,” Mungantiwar said.

The development came amid speculation that Fadvis was planning to take up the issue of holding mid-term assembly elections in the state with BJP President Amit Shah, who is coming for a three-day visit to Mumbai next week.

This is first time that Se has skipped a cabinet meeting, indicating the worsened relations between the two major allies over several issues, the latest being the farmers’ strike.

The Shiv Se and another ally Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghata, have virtually joined the opposition parties in backing and demanding succour for the striking farmers. (IANS)

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