Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said the BJP leaders should decide if the protesting farmers are “leftist, Pakistani or have come from China”.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday slammed the BJP for attempting to to “discredit” the protests by farmers against farm laws.
Addressing a press conference, Uddhav Thackeray said the BJP leaders should decide if the protesting farmers are “Leftist, Pakistani or have come from China”.
“Farmers are spending days and nights in such cold weather, sleeping on road. BJP leaders should decide who farmers are — are they Leftist, Pakistani, or they have come from China,” Uddhav Thackeray said.
Uddhav Thackeray said the BJP needs to understand that they are doing “injustice” to farmers. He said instead of helping the protesting farmers, the BJP leaders are calling them “Pakistani” and “anti-national”.
“One thing you need to understand is that you are doing injustice to our farmers and then you call them anti-national? This is not our culture. Instead of talking to our farmers, BJP is calling them Pakistani, anti-national. These are the same people (BJP) who are bringing sugar and onions from Pakistan, so now they are also bringing farmers from Pakistan,” Uddhav Thackeray said.
“Anyone who speaks for labours and farmers, are they anti-national? If BJP leader knows farm laws so well then why are they not going to sit with the protesting farmers and explain them? Why are they just speaking on camera and doing press conferences,” Uddhav Thackeray said.
Uddhav Thackeray said those who dub ‘annadatas’ (farmers) terrorists are not entitled to be called humans.
Union minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said the agitation no longer remains a farmers’ movement as it has been “infiltrated by Leftist and Maoist elements” demanding the release of those put behind bars for “anti-national activities”.
Another BJP leader and Union minister Raosaheb Danve, who hails from Maharashtra, recently stirred a controversy with his remarks that China and Pakistan were behind the protests being staged by cultivators, inviting sharp reactions from various quarters.
Calling farmers’ anti-nationals worse than Emergency: Uddhav Thackeray
Uddhav Thackeray also attacked the BJP for accusing his government of “non-performance”, saying the Opposition party was “so busy” trying to “topple” his government that it failed to notice various welfare measures being undertaken.
“If Fadnavis says the state government taking action against its critics is causing undeclared emergency then labelling farmers who are fighting for their rights as anti-nationals is worse than Emergency,” Thackeray said.
“They don’t have knowledge about what work the government has done in the last one year. Nobody is unhappy with the Maharashtra government. Common people is happy with the state government,” Uddhav Thackeray said.
Speaking on the various welfare measures being undertaken by the Maharashtra government, Uddhav Thackeray said: “On electricity bills, we are doing lot of things and once we come to decision we will let you know.”
“On reservation – from time to time – we are having discussion with them (Maratha Samaj). Don’t misunderstand OBC, they won’t be neglected. We are having discussion with them too. They are trying to mislead people,” Uddhav Thackeray said.
Uddhav Thackeray on Maharashtra govt’s dress code order
On the recent dress code order by Maharashtra government that created a stir, Uddhav Thackeray said: “The only intension is that people come with proper clothes. I don’t wear t-shirt in Mantralaya.”
On December 12, the Maharashtra government issued an order for dress code for government offices and has banned jeans, T-shirts and slippers for government employees and contractual staff.
As per the order, employees are supposed to refrain from wearing clothes “with deep colours and strange embroidery patterns or pictures”.
Government employees have been asked to wear “appropriate formal clothes” because they represent the Maharashtra government.