Demonstrating the unity of the ruling parties, Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies on Saturday said the October 11 bandh is to show that Maharashtra is with the farmers of the country and there will be a complete shutdown, which will be successful. in the state.
Senior MVA leaders like Shiv SenaK Sanjay, NCP’s Nawab Malik and Congress’s Sachin Sawant jointly addressed the media on Saturday and said that the three parties would actively participate in the bandh on Monday.
“Shiv Sena will participate in the bandh with all its might. All three parties will actively participate in the bandh. What happened in Lakhimpur Kheri was a conspiracy to kill the Constitution of the country, violate the law and kill the farmers of the country. The MVA has announced the bandh to wake up the people of the state to tell the farmers that we are with them,” Raut told the party office in south Mumbai.
He further said that Shiv Sena need not put forth its stand behind the bandh as people will support the bandh on their own. Malik and Sawant also expressed similar views.
Terming the incident as a ‘genocide’, Malik said the BJP has become a party killing farmers. “Workers of all the three parties across the state will meet people and shopkeepers on Sunday to seek their support for the bandh. The bandh will begin at midnight on Sunday. We appeal to all the workers that essential services like hospitals, ambulances, medical stories, milk supply should not be disrupted during the bandh.
Sawant said the incident was a blot on humanity and a blot on democracy. “It is a blot on humanity. Peasants protesting peacefully were crushed to death. The accused are being saved and this is nothing but a stain on the democracy of the country,” Sawant said.
On Wednesday, the state cabinet headed by CM Uddhav Thackeray passed a resolution expressing regret over the deaths of farmers in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. The ministers mourned the death of the farmers and stood in silence for two minutes as a mark of respect.
After the cabinet meeting, Irrigation Minister and state NCP president Jayant Patil had said, “The MVA has called for a statewide bandh on October 11 against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and appealed to the people to participate in the bandh.”