Criticising Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over drinking tea at the farmer’s house in Vidarbha, where he had visited last week, Shiv Sena on Tuesday said that he should have wiped away tears of farmers when the Congress was in power.
“Rahul Gandhi seems to have forgotten that it was his government in Maharashtra and at the Centre in the recent past. Why was financial aid not disbursed among farmers that were sanctioned by then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh? He sat with farmers to have snacks and tea. This is even more shameful,” said an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna.
“Today you [Gandhi] see the tears of farmers. Why did you not wipe their tears then? What happened to the promises you had made to farmers then. Why did you at that time not ensure that farmers become debt free?” the editorial said.
Attacking Sharad Pawar, the president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), over his remarks where he said that the government is not sensitive about the farmers suicides, the editorial said that he should have explained that whether he was talking about the current government or the previous one.
Taking on its ally the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the editorial said that comments made BJP’s minister in Haryana where he labelled farmers as cowards are more shameful than anything.
“A wave can win you elections and one can become a minister or even a Chief Minister, but this wave cannot give a lease of life to the farmer. No change of wind clears the loans or the wave cannot protect the farmer from natural calamity. The farmer who has lost all the hope is committing suicide,” said the editorial.