PUNE: Former MP and Swabhimani Paksha President Raju Shetti, who was in the city, said that while the Swabhimani was already a part of United Progressive Alliance (UPA), if at all the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) form a new alliance with Shiv Sena (SS), the party will decide whether or not to join depending on the agenda of that alliance.
”I have been supporting the idea of a government without Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, if an alliance has to be formed with Sena in it, we need to be sure that our farmers have been taken care of, it needs to be on the agenda. Depending on that, I will decide whether the Swabhmani will be extending its support or not,” Shetti said.
He also said that he will not be able to comment anything else about it until the discussions between these parties were over.
CRITICISM OF GOVERNOR-DECLARED COMPENSATION
Shetti also criticised the compensation declared by the governor to the farmers affected by the excess rainfall calling it hasty. “At present, many farmers are not even able to enter their fields as they are still filled with rainwater and swamp. It will take at least Rs 15,000 to 16,000 per hectare to get the fields cleaned. How are all farmers going to sustain with the compensation between Rs 8,000 to 18,000 per hectare?” he questioned.
He added, “The acting chief minister had stated that the Centre has announced an aid of Rs 10,000 crore for compensation to farmers affected by the excess rainfall. Whether the compensation declared by the governor, is a part of that money or not, has also not yet been clarified. Also, the Centre sends its team to survey the situation whenever any calamity strikes anywhere in the country, why has it not been done in Maharashtra when the farmers were facing such huge losses?”
Shetti also pointed out that after the floods in Sangli and Kolhapur, a GR had been released by the State government that the loans of certain flood-affected farmers will be waived off. He has demanded that this GR must be implemented in all areas in the State affected by excess rainfall.
HIKE IN VEGETABLE PRICES
Speaking about the surged prices of vegetables, especially onions, Raju Shetti said, “Vegetables are perishable and they have been wasted due to excess rainfall. Since the supply is much lower than the demand, the prices have increased. Similarly, for onions, the production had decreased earlier due to drought and a lot of whatever was planted in June-July was wasted due to excess rainfall. The rates of vegetables will reduce in a week when the new produce hits the market. The onion will also get cheaper in a month.”