Shiv Sena boycotts Maharashtra cabinet meeting over farmer’s strike – The Tribune

Shiv Kumar

Tribune News Service

Mumbai, June 7

The war between the BJP and its ruling ally in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena, took an ugly turn on Wednesday, with the regional party boycotting a cabinet meeting.

Shiv Sena ministers in the government decided to stay away from Wednesday’s meeting citing “the government’s indifference” to farmers who are on an indefinite strike. “We have told the chief minister that we will not attend the cabinet meeting till the

government announces immediate waiver of farm loans,” Shiv Sena minister Subash Desai told reporters.

This is the first time that the Shiv Sena’s ministers stayed away from a cabinet meeting. The meetings have been stormy affairs in the past with the Sena’s ministers storming out mid-way after arguing with Fadnavis and his BJP colleagues, sources said.

The BJP is however playing it down for now. Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said the Shiv Sena ministers had earlier met Fadnavis and had informed him about their intention to stay away. “They told us their reasons for staying away,” Mungantiwar said.

However sources said Fadnavis would discuss whether to hold mid-term elections

in Maharashtra during BJP president Amit Shah visit to Mumbai later this month.

The worsening relations between the two parties comes at a time when BJP leaders are demanding mid-term polls in the state since the party had done well in recent local body elections.


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