Shiv Sena on Monday slammed the BJP-led regime's treatment met out to protesting farmers, adding that it was cruel to use water cannons on them amid a cold wave sweeping parts of north India. The farmers have been protesting at Delhi's borders since five days against the new farm laws and have said they will not accept any conditional dialogue and threatened to block all five entry points to the national capital.
An editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana said that ‘Our farmers are being treated as terrorists and attacked on Delhi borders while terrorists are killing our soldiers on the border in Kashmir. "The government is using all its might to crush political opponents but why is this determination not seen while dealing with the country's enemies," it asked.
In the last one month, 11 soldiers from Maharashtra attained martyrdom while fighting enemies on the borders, the Sena said. Referring to the giant statue of Sardar Patel "erected by PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah" in Gujarat, the editorial said Patel was also a leader of farmers and led many farmers' agitation against the British. "His statue's eyes must be moist now seeing how farmers are being treated," it said.
Central agencies like ED and CBI are being used as weapons against political opponents, the Sena said. "These agencies should also get a chance to display their valour," it added.