Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has hit two birds with the same stone. The Shiv Sena chief credited NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and at the same time took a dig at his former ally Devendra Fadnavis.

"We are here looking at how we can produce more in less land. Sharad Pawar has taught us to raise farm productivity and also how to make a government with less seats," said the Chief Minister who was addressing the annual general meeting of the Vasantdada Sugar Institute in Pune.

Pawar was seated on the stage during Uddhav's address. His statement was definitely a complement to the NCP chief and also a dig at his predecessor. Recently, Devendra Fadnavis had emphasized in the assembly that the BJP was the single largest party in Maharashtra.

In his address, Uddhav also promised that the Maha Vikas Aghadi government will waive off the complete loan of the farmers in the state.

"We have waived loans worth Rs 2 lakh (per farmer) as immediate relief to cultivators. But we will also make sure that their entire (crop) loan is waived," Thackeray said.

Earlier, the Shiv Sena-led government announced waiver for farmers of unpaid load up to Rs 2 lakh with cut-off date of September 30, 2019.

“Crop loans outstanding till September 30, 2019, will be waived by my government. The upper ceiling for the amount is Rs two lakh. The scheme will be called Mahatma Jyotirao Phule loan waiver scheme,” Thackeray said.

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