Shiv Sena threatens agitation over MSP for cotton


Nagpur, Nov 30 (PTI) Shiv Sena today warned of an agitation if the Maharashtra government failed to hike the minimum support price for cotton by December 14. “We expect that the state government would come out with a bailout package for cotton growers of Vidarbha and Marathwada during the winter session of the state legislature. “We will give two days (after the beginning of the winter session) to the government to do so. If it fails to announce the package during the period, the Sena would go ahead with its bandh call in Vidarbha and Marathwada on December 15,” Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said at a public meeting at Wardha district, about 80kms from here. He said the party would boycott the customary tea party, hosted by the Chief Minister on the eve of commencement of the winter session of the State Legislature here, over the issue. If all these forms of protests don’t yield any dividends, the party would adopt ‘Shiv Sena’ style of agitation, he added. Uddhav said the cotton growers were facing severe hardships and an average two farmers committed suicide every day because of agrarian crisis in Vidarbha. “In view of the situation, the state should intervene and come forward with the package,” he said. He also lashed out at the Congress-led UPA government for its move to allow FDI in retail sector and said that his party would strongly oppose it. Uddhav was in Wardha to attend the concluding function of the ‘Cotton Dindi’ (march for better prices for cotton), which started from Gurukunj Mozari in Amaravati district last week and reached Pauner in Wardha today.