Shiv Sena has slammed the BJP-led regime’s treatment on protesting farmers, saying it was cruel to use water cannons on them amid a cold wave sweeping parts of north India.
It has been five days that the farmers have been protesting at Delhi’s borders 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.
“Our farmers are being treated as terrorists and attacked on Delhi borders while terrorists are killing our soldiers on the border in Kashmir,” Shiv Sena’s Saamana stated.
The Sena singled out Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for claiming a Khalistani link in the protests.
“BJP wants to create anarchy. Khalistan is a closed chapter for which Indira Gandhi and General Arun Kumar Vaidya laid down their lives,” it said.
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 added.
Central agencies like ED and CBI are being used as weapons against political opponents, the Sena mentioned.
“These agencies should also get a chance to display their valour,” it said and suggested that (personnel of) ED and CBI should be deployed in Ladakh and Kashmir to help the Army fight India’s enemies.