Shiv Sena's 'Give or Go' rally to conclude in Nagpur tomorrow

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Nagpur, Nov 18 (UNI) The Shiv Sena's ''Deta Ka Jata (Give or Go)'' rally, being staged to demand complete loan waiver for debt-ridden farmers of Vidarbha region in Maharashtra, will conclude here tomorrow.

Speaking to mediapersons here yesterday, Shiv Sena functionary and member of Legislative Council (MLC) Dr Neelam Gorhe said party working President Uddhav Thackeray will join the last stage of the rally and also preside over the public meeting to be held to mark its conclusion.

The rally, being staged on foot, is being led by another party MLC Diwakar Raote and began from village Mozri in adjoining Amravati district last Tuesday.

Dr Gorhe added, ''We want to tell the government to either give complete loan waiver or to go (from power), hence the slogan -- Give or Go''. The rally has passed through several villages in Amravati, Wardha and Nagpur districts, She said that intellectuals from various walks of life, including noted actor Ramesh Deo, litterateur Ram Shewalkar and Waman Nimbalkar and noted social worker Mohan Dharia, participated in the rally during various stages.

As part of the agitation, the party would hold a farmers' rally here on December 2, which would be addressed by Mr Thackeray and senior leader Manohar Joshi, among others, the MLC added.

Replying to questions, Dr Gorhe criticised the state government's recent directive to all district collectors to visit the bereaved family of every farmer who committed suicide. ''It goes without saying that officials should console the family that had lost its breadwinner. Why does the government need to issue an order for it? It only shows the government's insensitivity.'' Dr Gorhe was also critical of the state government's decision to appoint another committee to examine the implementation of the relief package for farmers in six districts of Vidarbha. ''How many more reports does the government want? There have already been several studies of the problem and various organisations have come up with recommendations to tackle it,'' she added.

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