Raju Shetti’s SSS snaps ties with NDA over farmer issues

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Aug 2017 08:06:47


Aug 30,


THE Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS), headed by MP Raju Shetti, on Wednesday announced snapping of ties with the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in Maharashtra, accusing the NDA of failing to keep up its promises given to farmers. Since the SSS has only one MP and no MLA in the State, pulling out won’t destabilise the Government.

“Since, we have done a grave mistake of giving support to this Government, I carried out an ‘atmaklesh’ (inflicting pain on oneself) yatra and now, we have decided to snap the ties with both NDA and Mahayuti,” he said. “However, we have decided to part ways as we do not want to compromise on our principles and farmers’ cause,” he said.The decision to pull out of the NDA and from the ‘Mahayuti’ (grand alliance) in the State was taken during the State level executive meet held here.

“We had supported the NDA and Mahayuti before the elections in 2014, as it promised the minimum support price for crops. However, in all these years, they have failed to keep their promises,” Shetti said. He argued that since the Government has failed to give MSP equal to 1.5 times the input costs as well as clear the 7/12 land extract (give complete loan waiver), the SSS has decided to pull out from NDA and Mahayuti.

According to the MP, in order to press for the two demands— the MSP and complete loan waiver— the SSS will hold nationwide agitation of farmers at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi in November, where over 150 organisations across the country will take part.