Sena throws weight behind the October 11 bandh: “Complete stop as is”
Two days after MVA allies announced a statewide bandh on October 11 to protest the deaths of eight people, including four agricultural protesters, at UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri, the Shiv Sena said Friday that he was putting all his weight behind the movement and that the state would shut down completely on Monday.
MP Arvind Sawant, chief spokesperson for Shiv Sena and leader of the workers’ wing of Sena, Bharatiya Kamgar Sena (BKS), said the party and affiliated unions would participate in the bandh.
“The farmers, who were demonstrating peacefully, were crushed to death. The Center brought in the contested agricultural law and labor codes [of the Centre] destroyed the lives of workers, ”Sawant told the media.
Sawant claimed that “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” was the BJP mantra, but this was not happening in reality. “The Shiv Sena, the BKS and the affiliated unions will participate in the bandh called by the MVA alliance partners on October 11 … To condemn all these things, there will be a full and generalized bandh in Maharashtra,” he said. added.
The Sena announcement comes two days after NCP leader Jayant Patil, on behalf of MVA allies, called for a one-day statewide bandh on October 11.
On Wednesday, the state cabinet chaired by CM Uddhav Thackeray adopted a resolution expressing regret for the deaths of Lakhimpur Kheri. The ministers were silent for two minutes as a sign of respect for them.
After the cabinet meeting Jayant Patil, Minister of Irrigation and chairman of the state NCP, said: “The MVA on October 11 called a statewide bandh against the violence of Lakhimpur Kheri. and call on people to participate in the bandh.
Stating that essential services would be exempt from the bandh, Patil had said he was called in by the three MVA constituents and not by the state government.
Some other parties like the AAP have also declared their support for the bandh.
“A private vehicle, believed to be owned by Union Minister of State for the Interior, Ajay Mishra, ran over protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, killing eight people. The farmers alleged that the minister’s son was sitting in the vehicle, which crushed the farmers on his instructions, and a primary FIR was recorded on this basis, ”Pune Congress leader Ramesh Bagwe said during ” a joint press conference with the chief of the PCN of the city Prashant Jagtap, the chief of the city Shiv Sena Sanjay More, the representative of the PAA Sandesh Divekar, the chief of the city Janta Dal Vithal Satav, Nitin Pawar of Shetkari Bachav Kriti Samiti, Datta Pakire from Seva Dal and Niraj Jain from Lokayat.
They said the minister’s son had still not been arrested, adding that the October 11 bandh would protest “the dictatorial regime of the Modi government” and an effort to save the constitution.
They condemned the “abuse” of central investigative agencies by the BJP-led government at the Center. “The Prime Minister and BJP leaders are silent on the whole incident. The state government passed a resolution condemning violence against farmers. The bandh has been declared statewide jointly by the Shiv Sena, the PCN and Congress, ”they said.