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Will take 'big step' if farmers' loan waiver not implemented by July: Thackeray

ANI  |  Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] 

chief has asserted that if farmers' loans are not written off completely by next month, his party would take a "big step" against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) in

Talking to the media, Thackeray said, "I have give them time to implement loan waiver till July. If they are unable to do it, a big step will be taken."

Asserting that their demand is very clear, Thackeray emphasised that "we want farmers' loans to be written off completely."

After meeting farmers from across the state, Thackeray thanked farmers, while stating that they had "heard of a green revolution," but the farmers of have shown that those "who can bring about a green revolution can also cause a revolution."

Earlier on Sunday, the announced complete loan waiver to farmers.

The will form a committee to decide criteria to waive off loans.

spokesperson Manisha Kayande said the decision was the need of the hour.

"promised to stand by the farmers, and he did so till the end. This is a big victory for them. I would like to appreciate their efforts. I would also like to congratulate our chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for implementing this," Kayande told ANI.

On June 1, the farmers in went on strike for the first time ever. Their agitation took a violent turn as angry farmers' spilt milk and threw vegetables on the road.

Subsequently, the strike expanded into a bandh call, where agitators threatened to stop supply to urban markets.

The decision comes at a time when Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district has been boiling over a farmers' agitation to waive off their loans.

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 10:42 IST