Mumbai, June 14: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has given a stern warning to the government of Maharashtra if they fail to implement loan waiver to the farmers. The party chief said that if Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis fails to implement it till July, his party will take a big step. Uddhav told ANI, “Patient enough to wait and give them(govt) time to implement (loan waiver) till July. If they unable to do it, big step can be taken.”

CM Devendra Fadnavis accepted farmers’ demands of loan waiver on Sunday, June 12. The CM announced that the government agreed to the loan waiver for farmers and the conditions and details will be finalised by a joint committee.

Announcing the loan waiver decision, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said, “The government has, in principle, decided to waive farmers’ loans with certain stipulations. The loans of farmers with small and medium land holdings stand waived from today itself.”

When the decision was announced, Sena even lauded the CM and his government. Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande told ANI, “Uddhav Thackeray promised to stand by the farmers, and he did so till the end. This is a big victory for them. I would like to appreciate their efforts. I would also like to congratulate our chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for implementing this”.

Shiv Sena openly supported the farmers’ strike in Maharashtra. The party had taken open jibes at Fadnavis and his government. The party even hit at those who questioned if the farmers on the streets are real farmers.

Farmers in Maharashtra had gone on a strike from June 1 against the government. During the protest and agitation, many farmers damaged and wasted the vegetables and milk which, caused loss to the state.