Raju Shetti's SSS snaps ties with NDA over farmer issues
Pune: 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.
Shetti said the SSS had done a "grave mistake" by extending support to the NDA.
"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.
"On the insistence of late BJP leader Gopinath Munde, we became the ally of the NDA and later became a part of Mahayuti.
However, over the last three-and-a-half years, we have been disillusioned, as all the promises made for the farmers by the Centre as well as the state government in the election manifesto, have failed to see the light of day," he added.