Raju Shetti

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Raju Shetti said ( about Sonia Gandhi ) : “I want to meet Sonia Gandhi and tell her about the need to keep BJP out of power. BJP was targeting Congress-NCP leaders and was making lives of farmers more miserable. There is a desperate need for everyone to join hands and keep BJP out of power in Maharashtra,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “The fair and remunerative price (FRP), which is Rs 2,750 per tonne, should be raised to Rs 3,000 since farmers have suffered heavy losses due to floods,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:20:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Our fight is for farmers, and the BJP has time and again proved itself to be against their interests… we will be supporting any coalition which keeps the BJP out of power,” External link

thehindu Monday, November 18, 2019 12:02:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Our fight is for farmers, and the BJP has time and again proved itself to be against their interests… we will be supporting any coalition which keeps the BJP out of power,” External link

Hindu Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:06:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “What is wrong with his [Mr. Gadale’s] gesture? The BJP and the Sena are immersed in selfish politics and have no time for the farmers… Last month, a farmer in Buldhana district committed suicide wearing a BJP T-shirt even as the Prime Minister was present in the State to address a pre-election rally,” External link

thehindu Friday, November 1, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I wonder what was holding him [Mr. Khot] up as he was not even actively involved in the Assembly elections. Why did he begin his survey [from Nashik district] only today, when it is already too late?” External link

thehindu Friday, November 1, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “What is wrong with his [Mr Gadale’s] gesture? The BJP and the Sena are immersed in selfish politics and have no time for the farmers of this State…last month, a farmer in Buldhana district committed suicide wearing a BJP T-shirt even as the Prime Minister was present in the State to address a pre-election rally,” External link

thehindu Friday, November 1, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “What is wrong with his [Mr Gadale’s] gesture? The BJP and the Sena are immersed in selfish politics and have no time for the farmers of this State…last month, a farmer in Buldhana district committed suicide wearing a BJP T-shirt even as the Prime Minister was present in the State to address a pre-election rally,” External link

Hindu Friday, November 1, 2019 1:23:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti alleged : “Be it Konkan, north or western Maharashtra, and the Marathwada region, farmers have had to endure tremendous losses in virtually every part of the State. However, not one officer has shown any inclination to do panchnamas . Instead political leaders are immersed in their Deepavali victory celebrations or jockeying for power,” External link

thehindu Thursday, October 31, 2019 11:10:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti alleged : “Be it Konkan, north or western Maharashtra, and the Marathwada region, farmers have had to endure tremendous losses in virtually every part of the State. However, not one officer has shown any inclination to do panchnamas . Instead political leaders are immersed in their Deepavali victory celebrations or jockeying for power,” External link

Hindu Thursday, October 31, 2019 10:43:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Prakash Ambedkar ) : “If Prakash Ambedkar had shared the stage with Congress-NCP alliance leaders, it could have sealed the fate of the existing government,” External link

expressindia Saturday, October 26, 2019 4:33:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Agriculturalists, whether they are in the sugarcane belt of western Maharashtra or the cotton belt of Vidarbha have suffered for various reasons. But if the agrarian issue was very pronounced, then we would have seen the opposition do far better than what they managed,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, October 25, 2019 4:16:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “I never trusted EVMs and I challenge to conduct election on ballot paper in my constituency and defeat me,” External link

economictimes Tuesday, October 15, 2019 5:16:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “If you compare the exodus of leaders from Congress and NCP, ours is nothing,” External link

economictimes Tuesday, October 15, 2019 5:16:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “This government did not understand the issue of rising onion prices and did not think from the perspective of the farmers. The government panicked and has taken the stock holding decision in a hurry,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 30, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti added : “Banning of exports is a wrong decision and it will not help to bring down the prices of onions,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 30, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “By November we will anyway see domestic supplies go up. Then there could be a glut. Still, the government should have planned much in advance,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, September 25, 2019 11:34:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chandrakant Patel ) : "I am more interested in contesting against Chandrakant Patil (Maharashtra BJP president and Revenue Minister). However, I have learnt he is not contesting the assembly polls," External link

business-standard Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:34:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told ( about Chandrakant Patel ) : “Mr Patil, who has never contested nor won an Assembly election, only talks big and takes swipes at opposition leaders who have been working in the field and winning elections for decades. In the event he is fielded by the BJP, it would have to be from a ‘safe seat’ to assure his victory. In that case, I, too, will contest against him from that seat,” External link

Hindu Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:35:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told ( about Chandrakant Patel ) : “Mr Patil, who has never contested nor won an Assembly election, only talks big and takes swipes at opposition leaders who have been working in the field and winning elections for decades. In the event he is fielded by the BJP, it would have to be from a ‘safe seat’ to assure his victory. In that case, I, too, will contest against him from that seat,” External link

thehindu Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:21:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "I told him BJP is no longer a party of Vajpayee and (Gopinath) Munde. It has become a party of (Narendra) Modi- Devendra Fadnavis. I also urged him to consider the risks (in crossing over)," External link

business-standard Saturday, September 14, 2019 8:36:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti asked : “How can they do this when our kharif crop is going to be harvested in just over a month’s time, after Diwali?” External link

expressindia Friday, September 13, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti asked : “How can they do this when our kharif crop is going to be harvested in just over a month’s time, after Diwali? And why import from Pakistan? Is the Indian farmer a bigger enemy?,” External link

expressindia Friday, September 13, 2019 4:53:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “The new crop and the imports will arrive at the same time, thus negating any chances of our farmers getting good rates,” External link

expressindia Friday, September 13, 2019 4:53:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Last year, prices hardly crossed Rs 1,000 per quintal in the off-season. This time, when farmers are making some money after a long time, a government-owned trading company is being allowed to import from Pakistan. This is sheer hypocrisy,” External link

expressindia Friday, September 13, 2019 4:53:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “The present political situation is not good. There is a pressing need for forceful opposition leaders like Mr. Bhosale who can take up the problems of farmers, workers and ordinary citizens in Parliament. I have requested him to think about this before taking any decision,” External link

thehindu Thursday, September 5, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “The present political situation is not good. There is a pressing need for forceful opposition leaders like Mr. Bhosale who can take up the problems of farmers, workers and ordinary citizens in Parliament. I have requested him to think about this before taking any decision,” External link

Hindu Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:40:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “He was the one who met Mamata Banerjee and Sonia Gandhi. He garnered support for a movement against the EVMs. That is what hurt the government the most. The government is stung. That is why it has gone after him,” External link

news18 Thursday, August 22, 2019 3:30:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “It is shameful that in a critical situation like this with the crisis not yet in hand, the Ministers of the BJP government should indulge in such levity. Instead of focusing on how to rescue people from backwater villages and reaching out to them, they are taking token tours of this region,” External link

Hindu Friday, August 9, 2019 12:32:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “The Chief Minister had no qualms about not visiting Sangli, but satisfied himself with aerial surveys…It is sad that the people had no elected representatives with them, as in the case of the Sangli boat tragedy yesterday. It was the villagers who found the bodies of the dead lying in the mud. Till midnight, no last rites could be performed owing to administrative and governmental apathy,” External link

Hindu Friday, August 9, 2019 12:32:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “It is shameful that in a critical situation like this with the crisis not yet in hand, the Ministers of the BJP government should indulge in such levity. Instead of focusing on how to rescue people from backwater villages and reaching out to them, they are taking token tours of this region,” External link

thehindu Friday, August 9, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “The Chief Minister had no qualms about not visiting Sangli, but satisfied himself with aerial surveys…It is sad that the people had no elected representatives with them, as in the case of the Sangli boat tragedy yesterday. It was the villagers who found the bodies of the dead lying in the mud. Till midnight, no last rites could be performed owing to administrative and governmental apathy,” External link

thehindu Friday, August 9, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “At this stage, it is not even possible for official rescue teams to reach backwater places, despite their best efforts. As a result of this, anxiety levels among those marooned in the villages around the banks of the Krishna, Warana, Panchganga and Dudhganga Rivers had reached a fever pitch. With water levels rising sharply, I appeal to people not to overload boats and not to panic,” External link

thehindu Thursday, August 8, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “At this stage, it is not even possible for official rescue teams to reach backwater places, despite their best efforts. As a result of this, anxiety levels among those marooned in the villages around the banks of the Krishna, Warana, Panchganga and Dudhganga Rivers had reached a fever pitch. With water levels rising sharply, I appeal to people not to overload boats and not to panic,” External link

Hindu Thursday, August 8, 2019 12:36:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “While the NDRF teams and Army jawans, who have been able to make it here [in Kolhapur and Sangli], are certainly pulling out all the stops, it is the fighting spirit of the people that made evacuation on such a massive scale possible. Hats off also to those social organisations which are providing food and relief,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, August 7, 2019 11:53:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “While the NDRF teams and Army jawans, who have been able to make it here [in Kolhapur and Sangli], are certainly pulling out all the stops, it is the fighting spirit of the people that made evacuation on such a massive scale possible. Hats off also to those social organisations which are providing food and relief,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, August 7, 2019 11:23:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “People are questioning EVMs everywhere. Be it in the villages or cities. Any discussion on politics revolves around the use of EVMs and whether those can be manipulated in favour of a particular party. The EVMs are posing a threat to democratic process and we are think that they should not be used,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:37:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Narayan Rane ) : “I also met Narayan Rane on Sunday with this proposal. He too has doubts over the use of EVMs in elections, but did not confirm whether he will be part of the anti-EVM movement,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:37:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “People are questioning EVMs everywhere. Be it in the villages or cities. Any discussion on politics revolves around the use of EVMs and whether those can be manipulated in favour of a particular party. The EVMs are posing a threat to democratic process and we are think that they should not be used,” External link

Hindu Monday, July 29, 2019 11:30:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Narayan Rane ) : “I also met Narayan Rane on Sunday with this proposal. He too has doubts over the use of EVMs in elections, but did not confirm whether he will be part of the anti-EVM movement,” External link

Hindu Monday, July 29, 2019 11:30:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “To ensure that this protest should not appear as a demonstration by defeated Lok Sabha candidates, it is important that it crystallises into a people’s movement. Following this, activists of the Swabhimani Paksha on 15 August will urge gram sabhas across panchayats in Maharashtra to pass a resolution against the use of EVMs and the return of the ballot paper,” External link

Hindu Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:52:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “There were serious discrepancies between the ‘votes polled’ data on the EVMs and the ‘votes counted’ data on the machines in more than 370 Lok Sabha constituencies. In my constituency of Hatkanangale, there was a mismatch of 459 votes. Despite writing to the ECI, I have never received a satisfactory answer as to how this occurred,” External link

Hindu Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:52:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “To ensure that this protest should not appear as a demonstration by defeated Lok Sabha candidates, it is important that it crystallises into a people’s movement. Following this, activists of the Swabhimani Paksha on 15 August will urge gram sabhas across panchayats in Maharashtra to pass a resolution against the use of EVMs and the return of the ballot paper,” External link

thehindu Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:17:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “There were serious discrepancies between the ‘votes polled’ data on the EVMs and the ‘votes counted’ data on the machines in more than 370 Lok Sabha constituencies. In my constituency of Hatkanangale, there was a mismatch of 459 votes. Despite writing to the ECI, I have never received a satisfactory answer as to how this occurred,” External link

thehindu Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:17:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Given the acute water crisis that grips the Marathwada region each year, the government should banish all thought of setting up sugar mills there. The rainfall pattern in this region is extremely volatile and there is no guarantee of regular water supply,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:39:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Nitin Gadkari ) : “While Mr. Gadkari’s idea of producing ethanol sounds good in principle, it is not a transformation that can be made overnight. While [Mr. Gadkari] talks about transforming the public transport system of the Nagpur civic body by running buses on alternative ethanol-based fuels, I want to ask him why are these buses out of order today?” External link

Hindu Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:39:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “There was no need to allow such a large quantity of maize to be imported when the crop is grown freely in the Marathwada region and is a vital economic lifeline of farmers there. This decision is going to hit them hard. Last year, owing to excess production, farmers were getting paid well below the minimum support price of ₹1,400 per quintal. Now, the Centre is importing by claiming shortfall in production,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:39:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Given the acute water crisis that grips the Marathwada region each year, the government should banish all thought of setting up sugar mills there. The rainfall pattern in this region is extremely volatile and there is no guarantee of regular water supply,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:14:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Nitin Gadkari ) : “While Mr. Gadkari’s idea of producing ethanol sounds good in principle, it is not a transformation that can be made overnight. While [Mr. Gadkari] talks about transforming the public transport system of the Nagpur civic body by running buses on alternative ethanol-based fuels, I want to ask him why are these buses out of order today?” External link

thehindu Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:14:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “There was no need to allow such a large quantity of maize to be imported when the crop is grown freely in the Marathwada region and is a vital economic lifeline of farmers there. This decision is going to hit them hard. Last year, owing to excess production, farmers were getting paid well below the minimum support price of ₹1,400 per quintal. Now, the Centre is importing by claiming shortfall in production,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:14:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told ( about Uddhav Thackeray ) : “Mr. Thackeray’s visits to the drought-hit parts of Maharashtra are merely for his selfish political ends. Why has Mr. Thackeray not taken action against crop insurance firms in the last four years? Why is he bringing them up now in his speeches in a phony show of solidarity with farmers?” External link

thehindu Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:58:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Farmers and their plight were forgotten when the BJP and the Sena used to bicker among themselves. One has never heard Mr. Thackeray or the Sena expressing concern over the rising farmer suicides, which have increased during the rule of the BJP-Sena in the State. It is only about the building of the Ram Mandir,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:58:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told ( about Uddhav Thackeray ) : “Mr. Thackeray’s visits to the drought-hit parts of Maharashtra are merely for his selfish political ends. Why has Mr. Thackeray not taken action against crop insurance firms in the last four years? Why is he bringing them up now in his speeches in a phony show of solidarity with farmers?” External link

Hindu Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:04:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Farmers and their plight were forgotten when the BJP and the Sena used to bicker among themselves. One has never heard Mr. Thackeray or the Sena expressing concern over the rising farmer suicides, which have increased during the rule of the BJP-Sena in the State. It is only about the building of the Ram Mandir,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:04:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti asked : “There ought to have been at least two or three hearing public hearings before a formal decision was reached. Then again, if indeed the government and the leaders in Satara and Solapur felt the water allocation was unfair, why was action not taken in 2017 when the water agreement drawn up by NCP leaders — stipulating that Baramati would draw 60% of water from Nira-Deoghar — came to an end,” External link

thehindu Monday, June 17, 2019 12:24:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti asked : “There ought to have been at least two or three hearing public hearings before a formal decision was reached. Then again, if indeed the government and the leaders in Satara and Solapur felt the water allocation was unfair, why was action not taken in 2017 when the water agreement drawn up by NCP leaders — stipulating that Baramati would draw 60% of water from Nira-Deoghar — came to an end,” External link

Hindu Sunday, June 16, 2019 11:52:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Prakash Ambedkar ) : “During the campaigning, I had held discussions with Prakash Ambedkar in a bid to get him on board, but the effort did not yield result. I will again try to meet him and discuss the issue,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, June 4, 2019 6:30:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Prakash Ambedkar ) : “During the campaigning, I had held dicussions with Prakash Ambedkar in bid to get him on board but the effort did not yield result. I will again try to meet him and discuss the issue,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, June 4, 2019 3:29:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Whether we like it or not, the onset of any election comes with its baggage of personal animosity and antagonism. However, once the fight is over, it is not right for this acrimony to persist,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, May 29, 2019 11:29:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Whether we like it or not, the onset of any election comes with its baggage of personal animosity and antagonism. However, once the fight is over, it is not right for this acrimony to persist,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, May 29, 2019 11:01:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We shared our views. He had addressed a rally for me during the Lok Sabha polls. Hence, I met him after coming here,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, May 28, 2019 11:24:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Mr Modi ) : “A number of factors contributed to my defeat, not least the entry of the VBA which only queered my pitch and benefited the BJP. The other factor was that while the farmers in this region voted for me, their children veered towards Mr. Modi, chiefly owing to the aura of hyper-patriotism, post the Balakot airstrikes,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:55:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I am going to visit every fodder camp and take stock of the situation. This government [BJP-Sena govt.] was not sensitive about farmers’ issues in the past and will be even more apathetic in the coming term, now that they have secured absolute majority. The reports of a deficient rainfall this time means that farmers’ problems will only multiply and they will have a hard time securing a fair price for their produce,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:55:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “In the end, Hatkanangale witnessed something unprecedented in the past 15 years in that it was fought entirely on caste lines and not on farmers’ issues,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:55:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Mr Modi ) : “A number of factors contributed to my defeat, not least the entry of the VBA which only queered my pitch and benefited the BJP. The other factor was that while the farmers in this region voted for me, their children veered towards Mr. Modi, chiefly owing to the aura of hyper-patriotism, post the Balakot airstrikes,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I am going to visit every fodder camp and take stock of the situation. This government [BJP-Sena govt.] was not sensitive about farmers’ issues in the past and will be even more apathetic in the coming term, now that they have secured absolute majority. The reports of a deficient rainfall this time means that farmers’ problems will only multiply and they will have a hard time securing a fair price for their produce,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “In the end, Hatkanangale witnessed something unprecedented in the past 15 years in that it was fought entirely on caste lines and not on farmers’ issues,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I concur with Mr. Ambedkar’s sentiments about the need to fight Mr. Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in order to save the Constitution. But if that indeed was his intent, then why is it today that his vote-splitting tactics have ended up benefitting the BJP-Sena in Maharashtra?” External link

thehindu Monday, May 27, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Mr Modi ) : “A number of factors contributed to my defeat, not least the entry of the VBA which only queered my pitch and benefited the BJP. The other factor was that while the farmers in this region voted for me, their children veered towards Mr. Modi, chiefly owing to the aura of hyper-patriotism conjured by the PM and the BJP, post the Balakot airstrikes,” External link

thehindu Monday, May 27, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I am going to visit every fodder camp in the State and take stock of the situation. This government [BJP-Sena] was not sensitive about farmers’ issues in the past and will be even more apathetic in the coming term, now that they have secured absolute majority. The reports of a deficient rainfall this time means that farmers’ problems will only multiply and they will have a hard time securing fair prices for their produce,” External link

thehindu Monday, May 27, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “In the end, the Hatkanangale contest witnessed something unprecedented in the past 15 years in that it was fought entirely on caste lines and not on farmers’ issues,” External link

thehindu Monday, May 27, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I concur with Mr. Ambedkar’s sentiments about the need to fight Mr. Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in order to save the Constitution. But if that indeed was his intent, then why is it today that his vote-splitting tactics have ended up benefitting the BJP-Sena in Maharashtra?” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Mr Modi ) : “A number of factors contributed to my defeat, not least the entry of the VBA which only queered my pitch and benefited the BJP. The other factor was that while the farmers in this region voted for me, their children veered towards Mr. Modi, chiefly owing to the aura of hyper-patriotism conjured by the PM and the BJP, post the Balakot airstrikes,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I am going to visit every fodder camp in the State and take stock of the situation. This government [BJP-Sena] was not sensitive about farmers’ issues in the past and will be even more apathetic in the coming term, now that they have secured absolute majority. The reports of a deficient rainfall this time means that farmers’ problems will only multiply and they will have a hard time securing fair prices for their produce,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “In the end, the Hatkanangale contest witnessed something unprecedented in the past 15 years in that it was fought entirely on caste lines and not on farmers’ issues,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “Farmers chose to vote on emotive issues rather than on issues that mattered to them directly. We have to rethink our strategies,” External link

expressindia Friday, May 24, 2019 7:43:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : "I have been asked by those states' farmers groups to campaign so that we can give a tough fight to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Along with some other leaders, we shall start canvassing in a few constituencies, and more if required, from May 10," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, May 7, 2019 3:15:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told : "I have been asked by those states' farmers groups to campaign so that we can give a tough fight to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Along with some other leaders, we shall start canvassing in a few constituencies, and more if required, from May 10," External link

economictimes Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:24:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told : "I have been asked by those states' farmers groups to campaign so that we can give a tough fight to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Along with some other leaders, we shall start canvassing in a few constituencies, and more if required, from May 10," External link

business-standard Tuesday, May 7, 2019 12:19:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Vijay Mallya ) : “In the heat of the election campaign, authorities had relaxed their grip of errant sugar mills. But we will continue our struggle for farmers by fighting in the streets and in the court. The pending [FRP] arrears is a massive amount…it may be trifling for economic offenders like Vijay Mallya, but a colossal sum for humble farmers,” External link

thehindu Monday, May 6, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Earlier, the sugar factory owners had pleaded their inability to pay the full FRP dues on the pretext of financial and other managerial problems. We had ironed out a compromise wherein the millers could pay 80% of the FRP in the first installment and the remaining amount in the second installment. But now, with the crushing season over, the mills have still not paid the remaining amount to the farmers,” External link

thehindu Monday, May 6, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Vijay Mallya ) : “In the heat of the election campaign, authorities had relaxed their grip of errant sugar mills. But we will continue our struggle for farmers by fighting in the streets and in the court. The pending [FRP] arrears is a massive amount…it may be trifling for economic offenders like Vijay Mallya, but a colossal sum for humble farmers,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 6, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Earlier, the sugar factory owners had pleaded their inability to pay the full FRP dues on the pretext of financial and other managerial problems. We had ironed out a compromise wherein the millers could pay 80% of the FRP in the first installment and the remaining amount in the second installment. But now, with the crushing season over, the mills have still not paid the remaining amount to the farmers,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 6, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “If this is not done in the next eight days, we will approach the Bombay High Court, where our petition on FRP dues is already pending, and seek justice,” External link

financialexpress Monday, May 6, 2019 11:38:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti says : “The main culprit is the lack of incentives for exports, which could have tackled the problem of surplus stocks. The government should help provide guarantee for stocks exported as the payment from overseas sales take time, often one to two months. No bank is willing to provide loans to support exports,” External link

outlookindia Friday, April 5, 2019 5:14:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti added : "I offer my apology to the people who were hurt by my statement," External link

business-standard Friday, April 5, 2019 4:08:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We had urged for other seats – Wardha and Buldhana – before Sangli. The Congress leaders offered us Sangli seat. We don’t want such controversial seat and don’t want to hurt the family of Vasantdada Patil,” External link

expressindia Thursday, March 28, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We have already announced our decision to go it alone in the general election if the talks with the Congress fail. We are resolved to contest 15 Lok Sabha seats and will announce our list of candidates by March 13,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:05:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “If the Congress does not respond to our ultimatum, we will have no alternative but to go our own way…our candidates have worked for more than two decades at the grassroots and we feel that we ought to be given the seats we have asked for,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:05:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “The sugar mills are controlled by major political parties and they hold on to the cash during election years,” External link

economictimes Sunday, February 3, 2019 8:42:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “The sugar mills are controlled by major political parties and they hold on to the cash during election years,” External link

economictimes Saturday, February 2, 2019 11:17:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “The question is, whom do farmers turn to for justice when ruling party leaders are the biggest defaulters? Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh’s sugar factory has pending FRP arrears amounting to ₹104 crore, while Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde’s factory has a backlog of ₹64 crore,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:52:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “The question is, whom do farmers turn to for justice when ruling party leaders are the biggest defaulters? Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh’s sugar factory has pending FRP arrears amounting to ₹104 crore, while Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde’s factory has a backlog of ₹64 crore,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti alleged : “Based on the realisation of sugar and the loan extended by the banks to the mills, they are short by only about Rs 100/tonne to Rs 150/tonne to make full payment of the fair and remunerative price. But the mills have been lying that they are short by about Rs 500/tonne as they want more sops from the government,” External link

economictimes Tuesday, January 29, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : "There are total 191 sugar factories in the state and barring 11 of them, 180 have not paid FRP to farmers. These dues come to around Rs 5,300 crore," External link

business-standard Monday, January 28, 2019 8:09:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "We demand the government seize sugar from these mills and auction it in order to clear the dues of cultivators," External link

business-standard Monday, January 28, 2019 8:09:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "This government is not serious. I am myself a farmer. Farmers are in distress. But I can see how the government is trying to create a rift between millers and farmers," External link

business-standard Monday, January 28, 2019 2:05:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "This government is not serious. I am myself a farmer. Farmers are in distress. But I can see how the government is trying to create a rift between millers and farmers," External link

economictimes Monday, January 28, 2019 2:03:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We have strong candidates in six seats. Especially in western Maharashtra areas like Kolhapur and Sangli, we have a strong presence, besides two seats in Vidarbha and two in Marathwada. We have not been invited for talks yet. As and when talks are held, we will place our demands,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, January 23, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti asked : “During his address, the PM claimed that 99% farmers were paid their FRP dues in 2016-17. The fact is that sugar prices had remained stable during that year and there was never any serious question of FRP arrears [in 2016-17]…Why is the PM quoting past figures and trying to cover-up the present crisis triggered by the rapid fall in sugar crisis,” External link

thehindu Monday, January 21, 2019 8:50:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “The agitation will only be called off if we get concrete assurances from the government and sugarcane factory owners that they will pay farmers the complete FRP amount. It is not difficult for them to pay the FRP of ₹2,900-₹3,050 per tonne, which is the current rate in the sugar-belt districts of Sangli and Kolhapur,” External link

thehindu Monday, January 21, 2019 8:50:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti asked : “During his address, the PM claimed that 99% farmers were paid their FRP dues in 2016-17. The fact is that sugar prices had remained stable during that year and there was never any serious question of FRP arrears [in 2016-17]…Why is the PM quoting past figures and trying to cover-up the present crisis triggered by the rapid fall in sugar crisis,” External link

Hindu Monday, January 21, 2019 8:34:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “The agitation will only be called off if we get concrete assurances from the government and sugarcane factory owners that they will pay farmers the complete FRP amount. It is not difficult for them to pay the FRP of ₹2,900-₹3,050 per tonne, which is the current rate in the sugar-belt districts of Sangli and Kolhapur,” External link

Hindu Monday, January 21, 2019 8:34:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Commission ) : “Not a single sugar factory in the state has made FRP payments to farmers. On Monday, I met Maharashtra Sugar Commission Shekhar Gaikwad and said that if millers claim that they do not have any money to make FRP payments then they should give sugar to farmers. The Commissionerate has issued notices to millers a couple of times,” External link

financialexpress Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:50:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti alleged : “The State government is intent on breaking the protest as it is dreading the pent-up ire of sugarcane farmers. Hence, since Sunday, government agencies are tapping the phones of all top members of my organisation, including myself,” External link

Hindu Monday, January 14, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti alleged : “The State government is intent on breaking the protest as it is dreading the pent-up ire of sugarcane farmers. Hence, since Sunday, government agencies are tapping the phones of all top members of my organisation, including myself,” External link

thehindu Monday, January 14, 2019 9:23:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti added : "The government has been quite aware of the farmers' issues. However, it did not take required action to ensure remunerative prices for farmers and the procurement of their harvest was ineffective," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, January 3, 2019 7:14:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “All parties have understood that they need to address farmer concerns ahead of elections. Four out of the five states that went to polls recently were fought and won over farmer issues. There were loan waiver promises in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and in Telangana KCR had announced relief measures for farmers as well,” External link

news18 Tuesday, January 1, 2019 9:16:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We have asked for five Lok Sabha seats but are ready to compromise,” External link

expressindia Thursday, December 27, 2018 4:57:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We will be meeting again in the first week of January for further talks. If talks fail, our party will fight the election on its own strength,” External link

expressindia Thursday, December 27, 2018 4:57:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Looking at the failure of the Modi government at the Centre and the Devendra Fadnavis regime in state, farmers are the most hassled lot and have made up their minds to teach the BJP a lesson for not doing enough for them. The results in five states gave a glimpse of this anger,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, December 26, 2018 2:02:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I have been telling the aggrieved farmers to get aggressive and thrash the ministers and officials who have failed them. That will be better than committing suicide,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, December 26, 2018 2:02:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : "There is a lack of political will besides bureaucratic apathy. In case of onions, the government allowed imports from Pakistan despite knowing that domestic supply was optimum," External link

economictimes Friday, December 21, 2018 8:27:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “That must be on the election manifesto; that is our main condition for joining the gathbandhan [alliance],” External link

thehindu Thursday, December 20, 2018 8:30:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “That must be on the election manifesto; that is our main condition for joining the gathbandhan [alliance],” External link

Hindu Thursday, December 20, 2018 8:16:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti added : "The government has been quite aware of the farmers' issues. However, it did not take required action to ensure remunerative prices for farmers and the procurement of their harvest was ineffective," External link

business-standard Monday, December 17, 2018 12:11:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Farmers are getting Rs 16 for a litre. They need at least Rs 25-27 to be profitable,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:14:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "Two months back only, I had informed the prime minister and consumer affairs minister about the issue of onion. If they had paid attention to my letter, then today we would not have to face this onion issue," External link

dnaindia Friday, December 7, 2018 4:35:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We share good rapport as we were part of the NDA,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, December 5, 2018 9:59:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “He [Kushwaha] didn’t propose for any kind of merger of the two parties but offered to have an alliance for the coming polls. He is currently not happy in the NDA,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, December 5, 2018 9:59:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We were to complete the journey in 16 hours reaching Kolhapur at mid-night on Wednesday. With this delay we are expecting to now reach sometime on Thursday evening,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 23, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “For that also the train will have multiple stops that will add up enormously to our journey time,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 23, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “There is no electricity, water or cleanliness in the train. At every station we get down and complain about it to the station master but there has been no action,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 23, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Ideally, the authorities ought to have mediated between the sugarcane factory owners and the farmers. But instead, they responded by taking farmer leaders into police custody which in turn prompted an adverse reaction on part of the agitators,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 16, 2017 12:16:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Ideally, the authorities ought to have mediated between the sugarcane factory owners and the farmers. But instead, they responded by taking farmer leaders into police custody which in turn prompted an adverse reaction on part of the agitators,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:20:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “This time, farmers are in a position to secure better prices as the total production nearly equals the sugar consumption across the country. We [the SSS] will urge farmers to sell their stock to factories prudently so as to gain maximum benefit,” External link

thehindu Friday, October 27, 2017 11:02:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “This time, farmers are in a position to secure better prices as the total production nearly equals the sugar consumption across the country. We [the SSS] will urge farmers to sell their stock to factories prudently so as to gain maximum benefit,” External link

Hindu Friday, October 27, 2017 10:45:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti added : "Besides, we want to build the party at the state and national level in coming days. We want to work as a pressure group for the interest of the farmers. Therefore, we decided to leave the NDA," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:34:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : "Besides, BJP leadership had also promised to implement pro-farmer policies.However, after coming to power, the BJP forgot all the promises it had made," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:34:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "We had asked our people to resign from the statutory posts given in the state government. The textile co-operation chairman Ravikant Tupkar had already resigned. We do not want to be a part of this government now. Farmer suicides in the state have been increasing. There is huge unrest among the farmers. The government has failed at all fronts to address farmers' issues. We will continue our fight for the farmers and their welfare," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:34:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "We will keep the same distance with the BJP and the Congress. Meanwhile, we will again tour across Maharashtra to increase awareness among the farmers," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:34:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti clarified : "We have nothing to do with Mr Koth now. He is a BJP minister. It is now the prerogative of CM Devendra Fadnavis whether to retain or expel him. We have no connection with him," "We are not typical politicians. We are here for the farmers," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:34:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “We will decide whether to continue supporting the NDA or not in the next 10 to 15 days in our State executive meeting because the PM has still not fulfilled the assurances he gave to farmers during the 2014 election campaign. It’s been three years. We went with him for those promises but if they are not going to act on it, we will take a decision in our State executive,” External link

thehindu Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:33:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Narendra Modi ) : “The farmers were told to produce pulses. When they believed the PM and went for the pulses, even the government decided MSP wasn’t given to them because of this government’s apathy towards farmers. They imported 5 lakh tonnes of pulses and the FCI also brought out its old stock for sale on lesser prices hampering the farmers’ interest. All this has contributed to farmers’ distress. In 2014, Narendra Modi had promised one and half times MSP on the production cost. As a result, the farmers from across the country voted for him. His promises led to an increased debt burden on farmers and the central government now has an obligation to clear it,” External link

thehindu Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:33:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “We will decide whether to continue supporting the NDA or not in the next 10 to 15 days in our State executive meeting because the PM has still not fulfilled the assurances he gave to farmers during the 2014 election campaign. It’s been three years. We went with him for those promises but if they are not going to act on it, we will take a decision in our State executive,” External link

Hindu Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:43:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Narendra Modi ) : “The farmers were told to produce pulses. When they believed the PM and went for the pulses, even the government decided MSP wasn’t given to them because of this government’s apathy towards farmers. They imported 5 lakh tonnes of pulses and the FCI also brought out its old stock for sale on lesser prices hampering the farmers’ interest. All this has contributed to farmers’ distress. In 2014, Narendra Modi had promised one and half times MSP on the production cost. As a result, the farmers from across the country voted for him. His promises led to an increased debt burden on farmers and the central government now has an obligation to clear it,” External link

Hindu Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:43:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "sugar mills have sold most of their sugar. Imports are not feasible. Sugar prices are going to increase and this is the right time to fight," External link

economictimes Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:01:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "We submitted written letters of 30 sugar mills to the chief minister demanding permission to begin crushing operations from November," External link

economictimes Thursday, October 13, 2016 4:47:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "Merely revoking the licenses will not put a stop to the wrongful practice. The government must initiate criminal action against the directors of sugar factories as per the provisions of Sugar Cane Control Order 1966," External link

mumbaimirror Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:11:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "Had basic facilities being provided to farmers why would have they begged before all for help? What is the option left to farmers now? This budget has ignored the problems of farmers," External link

thehindu Monday, March 2, 2015 8:04:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "Had basic facilities being provided to farmers why would have they begged before all for help? What is the option left to farmers now? This budget has ignored the problems of farmers," External link

Hindu Monday, March 2, 2015 7:42:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Where are the promised ‘achhe din’ for the farm community... this budget is very disappointing,” External link

thehindu Saturday, February 28, 2015 2:01:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Where are the promised ‘achhe din’ for the farm community... this budget is very disappointing,” External link

Hindu Saturday, February 28, 2015 1:59:00 PM EAT



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Prakash Ambedkar said ( about Raju Shetti ) : “We had invited [Mr. Shetti] to join us even before the Lok Sabha elections. I had told him there was no guarantee that he’d win if he went along with the Congress-NCP. Yet, he chose to join hands with them and we were compelled to put up a VBA candidate there,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, June 5, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Prakash Ambedkar said ( about Raju Shetti ) : “We had invited [Mr. Shetti] to join us even before the Lok Sabha elections. I had told him there was no guarantee that he’d win if he went along with the Congress-NCP. Yet, he chose to join hands with them and we were compelled to put up a VBA candidate there,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, June 5, 2019 8:26:00 AM EAT

Ajit Pawar said ( about Raju Shetti ) : “While we are confident Mr. Shetti will resoundingly win from Hatkanangale, we hope to field [Swabhimani Paksha State president] Ravikant Tupkar from the Buldhana constituency this time. Our aim is to win at least two seats in the Lok Sabha election and 12 in the Assembly election,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:52:00 PM EAT

Ajit Pawar said ( about Raju Shetti ) : “While we are confident Mr. Shetti will resoundingly win from Hatkanangale, we hope to field [Swabhimani Paksha State president] Ravikant Tupkar from the Buldhana constituency this time. Our aim is to win at least two seats in the Lok Sabha election and 12 in the Assembly election,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Sharad Pawar said ( about Raju Shetti ) : "We are in talks with Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana. My party has told me that we will leave one seat, that of Hatkanangle in Kolhapur, for Raju Shetti," External link

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Raju Shetti said ( about Sonia Gandhi ) : “I want to meet Sonia Gandhi and tell her about the need to keep BJP out of power. BJP was targeting Congress-NCP leaders and was making lives of farmers more miserable. There is a desperate need for everyone to join hands and keep BJP out of power in Maharashtra,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “The fair and remunerative price (FRP), which is Rs 2,750 per tonne, should be raised to Rs 3,000 since farmers have suffered heavy losses due to floods,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:20:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Our fight is for farmers, and the BJP has time and again proved itself to be against their interests… we will be supporting any coalition which keeps the BJP out of power,” External link

thehindu Monday, November 18, 2019 12:02:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Our fight is for farmers, and the BJP has time and again proved itself to be against their interests… we will be supporting any coalition which keeps the BJP out of power,” External link

Hindu Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:06:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “What is wrong with his [Mr. Gadale’s] gesture? The BJP and the Sena are immersed in selfish politics and have no time for the farmers… Last month, a farmer in Buldhana district committed suicide wearing a BJP T-shirt even as the Prime Minister was present in the State to address a pre-election rally,” External link

thehindu Friday, November 1, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I wonder what was holding him [Mr. Khot] up as he was not even actively involved in the Assembly elections. Why did he begin his survey [from Nashik district] only today, when it is already too late?” External link

thehindu Friday, November 1, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “What is wrong with his [Mr Gadale’s] gesture? The BJP and the Sena are immersed in selfish politics and have no time for the farmers of this State…last month, a farmer in Buldhana district committed suicide wearing a BJP T-shirt even as the Prime Minister was present in the State to address a pre-election rally,” External link

thehindu Friday, November 1, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “What is wrong with his [Mr Gadale’s] gesture? The BJP and the Sena are immersed in selfish politics and have no time for the farmers of this State…last month, a farmer in Buldhana district committed suicide wearing a BJP T-shirt even as the Prime Minister was present in the State to address a pre-election rally,” External link

Hindu Friday, November 1, 2019 1:23:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti alleged : “Be it Konkan, north or western Maharashtra, and the Marathwada region, farmers have had to endure tremendous losses in virtually every part of the State. However, not one officer has shown any inclination to do panchnamas . Instead political leaders are immersed in their Deepavali victory celebrations or jockeying for power,” External link

thehindu Thursday, October 31, 2019 11:10:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti alleged : “Be it Konkan, north or western Maharashtra, and the Marathwada region, farmers have had to endure tremendous losses in virtually every part of the State. However, not one officer has shown any inclination to do panchnamas . Instead political leaders are immersed in their Deepavali victory celebrations or jockeying for power,” External link

Hindu Thursday, October 31, 2019 10:43:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Prakash Ambedkar ) : “If Prakash Ambedkar had shared the stage with Congress-NCP alliance leaders, it could have sealed the fate of the existing government,” External link

expressindia Saturday, October 26, 2019 4:33:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Agriculturalists, whether they are in the sugarcane belt of western Maharashtra or the cotton belt of Vidarbha have suffered for various reasons. But if the agrarian issue was very pronounced, then we would have seen the opposition do far better than what they managed,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, October 25, 2019 4:16:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “I never trusted EVMs and I challenge to conduct election on ballot paper in my constituency and defeat me,” External link

economictimes Tuesday, October 15, 2019 5:16:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “If you compare the exodus of leaders from Congress and NCP, ours is nothing,” External link

economictimes Tuesday, October 15, 2019 5:16:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “This government did not understand the issue of rising onion prices and did not think from the perspective of the farmers. The government panicked and has taken the stock holding decision in a hurry,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 30, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti added : “Banning of exports is a wrong decision and it will not help to bring down the prices of onions,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, September 30, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “By November we will anyway see domestic supplies go up. Then there could be a glut. Still, the government should have planned much in advance,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, September 25, 2019 11:34:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chandrakant Patel ) : "I am more interested in contesting against Chandrakant Patil (Maharashtra BJP president and Revenue Minister). However, I have learnt he is not contesting the assembly polls," External link

business-standard Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:34:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told ( about Chandrakant Patel ) : “Mr Patil, who has never contested nor won an Assembly election, only talks big and takes swipes at opposition leaders who have been working in the field and winning elections for decades. In the event he is fielded by the BJP, it would have to be from a ‘safe seat’ to assure his victory. In that case, I, too, will contest against him from that seat,” External link

Hindu Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:35:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told ( about Chandrakant Patel ) : “Mr Patil, who has never contested nor won an Assembly election, only talks big and takes swipes at opposition leaders who have been working in the field and winning elections for decades. In the event he is fielded by the BJP, it would have to be from a ‘safe seat’ to assure his victory. In that case, I, too, will contest against him from that seat,” External link

thehindu Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:21:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "I told him BJP is no longer a party of Vajpayee and (Gopinath) Munde. It has become a party of (Narendra) Modi- Devendra Fadnavis. I also urged him to consider the risks (in crossing over)," External link

business-standard Saturday, September 14, 2019 8:36:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti asked : “How can they do this when our kharif crop is going to be harvested in just over a month’s time, after Diwali?” External link

expressindia Friday, September 13, 2019 8:06:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti asked : “How can they do this when our kharif crop is going to be harvested in just over a month’s time, after Diwali? And why import from Pakistan? Is the Indian farmer a bigger enemy?,” External link

expressindia Friday, September 13, 2019 4:53:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “The new crop and the imports will arrive at the same time, thus negating any chances of our farmers getting good rates,” External link

expressindia Friday, September 13, 2019 4:53:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Last year, prices hardly crossed Rs 1,000 per quintal in the off-season. This time, when farmers are making some money after a long time, a government-owned trading company is being allowed to import from Pakistan. This is sheer hypocrisy,” External link

expressindia Friday, September 13, 2019 4:53:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “The present political situation is not good. There is a pressing need for forceful opposition leaders like Mr. Bhosale who can take up the problems of farmers, workers and ordinary citizens in Parliament. I have requested him to think about this before taking any decision,” External link

thehindu Thursday, September 5, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “The present political situation is not good. There is a pressing need for forceful opposition leaders like Mr. Bhosale who can take up the problems of farmers, workers and ordinary citizens in Parliament. I have requested him to think about this before taking any decision,” External link

Hindu Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:40:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “He was the one who met Mamata Banerjee and Sonia Gandhi. He garnered support for a movement against the EVMs. That is what hurt the government the most. The government is stung. That is why it has gone after him,” External link

news18 Thursday, August 22, 2019 3:30:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “It is shameful that in a critical situation like this with the crisis not yet in hand, the Ministers of the BJP government should indulge in such levity. Instead of focusing on how to rescue people from backwater villages and reaching out to them, they are taking token tours of this region,” External link

Hindu Friday, August 9, 2019 12:32:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “The Chief Minister had no qualms about not visiting Sangli, but satisfied himself with aerial surveys…It is sad that the people had no elected representatives with them, as in the case of the Sangli boat tragedy yesterday. It was the villagers who found the bodies of the dead lying in the mud. Till midnight, no last rites could be performed owing to administrative and governmental apathy,” External link

Hindu Friday, August 9, 2019 12:32:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “It is shameful that in a critical situation like this with the crisis not yet in hand, the Ministers of the BJP government should indulge in such levity. Instead of focusing on how to rescue people from backwater villages and reaching out to them, they are taking token tours of this region,” External link

thehindu Friday, August 9, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “The Chief Minister had no qualms about not visiting Sangli, but satisfied himself with aerial surveys…It is sad that the people had no elected representatives with them, as in the case of the Sangli boat tragedy yesterday. It was the villagers who found the bodies of the dead lying in the mud. Till midnight, no last rites could be performed owing to administrative and governmental apathy,” External link

thehindu Friday, August 9, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “At this stage, it is not even possible for official rescue teams to reach backwater places, despite their best efforts. As a result of this, anxiety levels among those marooned in the villages around the banks of the Krishna, Warana, Panchganga and Dudhganga Rivers had reached a fever pitch. With water levels rising sharply, I appeal to people not to overload boats and not to panic,” External link

thehindu Thursday, August 8, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “At this stage, it is not even possible for official rescue teams to reach backwater places, despite their best efforts. As a result of this, anxiety levels among those marooned in the villages around the banks of the Krishna, Warana, Panchganga and Dudhganga Rivers had reached a fever pitch. With water levels rising sharply, I appeal to people not to overload boats and not to panic,” External link

Hindu Thursday, August 8, 2019 12:36:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “While the NDRF teams and Army jawans, who have been able to make it here [in Kolhapur and Sangli], are certainly pulling out all the stops, it is the fighting spirit of the people that made evacuation on such a massive scale possible. Hats off also to those social organisations which are providing food and relief,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, August 7, 2019 11:53:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “While the NDRF teams and Army jawans, who have been able to make it here [in Kolhapur and Sangli], are certainly pulling out all the stops, it is the fighting spirit of the people that made evacuation on such a massive scale possible. Hats off also to those social organisations which are providing food and relief,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, August 7, 2019 11:23:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “People are questioning EVMs everywhere. Be it in the villages or cities. Any discussion on politics revolves around the use of EVMs and whether those can be manipulated in favour of a particular party. The EVMs are posing a threat to democratic process and we are think that they should not be used,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:37:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Narayan Rane ) : “I also met Narayan Rane on Sunday with this proposal. He too has doubts over the use of EVMs in elections, but did not confirm whether he will be part of the anti-EVM movement,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:37:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “People are questioning EVMs everywhere. Be it in the villages or cities. Any discussion on politics revolves around the use of EVMs and whether those can be manipulated in favour of a particular party. The EVMs are posing a threat to democratic process and we are think that they should not be used,” External link

Hindu Monday, July 29, 2019 11:30:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Narayan Rane ) : “I also met Narayan Rane on Sunday with this proposal. He too has doubts over the use of EVMs in elections, but did not confirm whether he will be part of the anti-EVM movement,” External link

Hindu Monday, July 29, 2019 11:30:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “To ensure that this protest should not appear as a demonstration by defeated Lok Sabha candidates, it is important that it crystallises into a people’s movement. Following this, activists of the Swabhimani Paksha on 15 August will urge gram sabhas across panchayats in Maharashtra to pass a resolution against the use of EVMs and the return of the ballot paper,” External link

Hindu Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:52:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “There were serious discrepancies between the ‘votes polled’ data on the EVMs and the ‘votes counted’ data on the machines in more than 370 Lok Sabha constituencies. In my constituency of Hatkanangale, there was a mismatch of 459 votes. Despite writing to the ECI, I have never received a satisfactory answer as to how this occurred,” External link

Hindu Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:52:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “To ensure that this protest should not appear as a demonstration by defeated Lok Sabha candidates, it is important that it crystallises into a people’s movement. Following this, activists of the Swabhimani Paksha on 15 August will urge gram sabhas across panchayats in Maharashtra to pass a resolution against the use of EVMs and the return of the ballot paper,” External link

thehindu Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:17:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “There were serious discrepancies between the ‘votes polled’ data on the EVMs and the ‘votes counted’ data on the machines in more than 370 Lok Sabha constituencies. In my constituency of Hatkanangale, there was a mismatch of 459 votes. Despite writing to the ECI, I have never received a satisfactory answer as to how this occurred,” External link

thehindu Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:17:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Given the acute water crisis that grips the Marathwada region each year, the government should banish all thought of setting up sugar mills there. The rainfall pattern in this region is extremely volatile and there is no guarantee of regular water supply,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:39:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Nitin Gadkari ) : “While Mr. Gadkari’s idea of producing ethanol sounds good in principle, it is not a transformation that can be made overnight. While [Mr. Gadkari] talks about transforming the public transport system of the Nagpur civic body by running buses on alternative ethanol-based fuels, I want to ask him why are these buses out of order today?” External link

Hindu Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:39:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “There was no need to allow such a large quantity of maize to be imported when the crop is grown freely in the Marathwada region and is a vital economic lifeline of farmers there. This decision is going to hit them hard. Last year, owing to excess production, farmers were getting paid well below the minimum support price of ₹1,400 per quintal. Now, the Centre is importing by claiming shortfall in production,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:39:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Given the acute water crisis that grips the Marathwada region each year, the government should banish all thought of setting up sugar mills there. The rainfall pattern in this region is extremely volatile and there is no guarantee of regular water supply,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:14:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Nitin Gadkari ) : “While Mr. Gadkari’s idea of producing ethanol sounds good in principle, it is not a transformation that can be made overnight. While [Mr. Gadkari] talks about transforming the public transport system of the Nagpur civic body by running buses on alternative ethanol-based fuels, I want to ask him why are these buses out of order today?” External link

thehindu Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:14:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “There was no need to allow such a large quantity of maize to be imported when the crop is grown freely in the Marathwada region and is a vital economic lifeline of farmers there. This decision is going to hit them hard. Last year, owing to excess production, farmers were getting paid well below the minimum support price of ₹1,400 per quintal. Now, the Centre is importing by claiming shortfall in production,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:14:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told ( about Uddhav Thackeray ) : “Mr. Thackeray’s visits to the drought-hit parts of Maharashtra are merely for his selfish political ends. Why has Mr. Thackeray not taken action against crop insurance firms in the last four years? Why is he bringing them up now in his speeches in a phony show of solidarity with farmers?” External link

thehindu Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:58:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Farmers and their plight were forgotten when the BJP and the Sena used to bicker among themselves. One has never heard Mr. Thackeray or the Sena expressing concern over the rising farmer suicides, which have increased during the rule of the BJP-Sena in the State. It is only about the building of the Ram Mandir,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:58:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told ( about Uddhav Thackeray ) : “Mr. Thackeray’s visits to the drought-hit parts of Maharashtra are merely for his selfish political ends. Why has Mr. Thackeray not taken action against crop insurance firms in the last four years? Why is he bringing them up now in his speeches in a phony show of solidarity with farmers?” External link

Hindu Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:04:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Farmers and their plight were forgotten when the BJP and the Sena used to bicker among themselves. One has never heard Mr. Thackeray or the Sena expressing concern over the rising farmer suicides, which have increased during the rule of the BJP-Sena in the State. It is only about the building of the Ram Mandir,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:04:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti asked : “There ought to have been at least two or three hearing public hearings before a formal decision was reached. Then again, if indeed the government and the leaders in Satara and Solapur felt the water allocation was unfair, why was action not taken in 2017 when the water agreement drawn up by NCP leaders — stipulating that Baramati would draw 60% of water from Nira-Deoghar — came to an end,” External link

thehindu Monday, June 17, 2019 12:24:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti asked : “There ought to have been at least two or three hearing public hearings before a formal decision was reached. Then again, if indeed the government and the leaders in Satara and Solapur felt the water allocation was unfair, why was action not taken in 2017 when the water agreement drawn up by NCP leaders — stipulating that Baramati would draw 60% of water from Nira-Deoghar — came to an end,” External link

Hindu Sunday, June 16, 2019 11:52:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Prakash Ambedkar ) : “During the campaigning, I had held discussions with Prakash Ambedkar in a bid to get him on board, but the effort did not yield result. I will again try to meet him and discuss the issue,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, June 4, 2019 6:30:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Prakash Ambedkar ) : “During the campaigning, I had held dicussions with Prakash Ambedkar in bid to get him on board but the effort did not yield result. I will again try to meet him and discuss the issue,” External link

expressindia Tuesday, June 4, 2019 3:29:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Whether we like it or not, the onset of any election comes with its baggage of personal animosity and antagonism. However, once the fight is over, it is not right for this acrimony to persist,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, May 29, 2019 11:29:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Whether we like it or not, the onset of any election comes with its baggage of personal animosity and antagonism. However, once the fight is over, it is not right for this acrimony to persist,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, May 29, 2019 11:01:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We shared our views. He had addressed a rally for me during the Lok Sabha polls. Hence, I met him after coming here,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, May 28, 2019 11:24:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Mr Modi ) : “A number of factors contributed to my defeat, not least the entry of the VBA which only queered my pitch and benefited the BJP. The other factor was that while the farmers in this region voted for me, their children veered towards Mr. Modi, chiefly owing to the aura of hyper-patriotism, post the Balakot airstrikes,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:55:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I am going to visit every fodder camp and take stock of the situation. This government [BJP-Sena govt.] was not sensitive about farmers’ issues in the past and will be even more apathetic in the coming term, now that they have secured absolute majority. The reports of a deficient rainfall this time means that farmers’ problems will only multiply and they will have a hard time securing a fair price for their produce,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:55:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “In the end, Hatkanangale witnessed something unprecedented in the past 15 years in that it was fought entirely on caste lines and not on farmers’ issues,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:55:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Mr Modi ) : “A number of factors contributed to my defeat, not least the entry of the VBA which only queered my pitch and benefited the BJP. The other factor was that while the farmers in this region voted for me, their children veered towards Mr. Modi, chiefly owing to the aura of hyper-patriotism, post the Balakot airstrikes,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I am going to visit every fodder camp and take stock of the situation. This government [BJP-Sena govt.] was not sensitive about farmers’ issues in the past and will be even more apathetic in the coming term, now that they have secured absolute majority. The reports of a deficient rainfall this time means that farmers’ problems will only multiply and they will have a hard time securing a fair price for their produce,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “In the end, Hatkanangale witnessed something unprecedented in the past 15 years in that it was fought entirely on caste lines and not on farmers’ issues,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 11:42:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I concur with Mr. Ambedkar’s sentiments about the need to fight Mr. Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in order to save the Constitution. But if that indeed was his intent, then why is it today that his vote-splitting tactics have ended up benefitting the BJP-Sena in Maharashtra?” External link

thehindu Monday, May 27, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Mr Modi ) : “A number of factors contributed to my defeat, not least the entry of the VBA which only queered my pitch and benefited the BJP. The other factor was that while the farmers in this region voted for me, their children veered towards Mr. Modi, chiefly owing to the aura of hyper-patriotism conjured by the PM and the BJP, post the Balakot airstrikes,” External link

thehindu Monday, May 27, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I am going to visit every fodder camp in the State and take stock of the situation. This government [BJP-Sena] was not sensitive about farmers’ issues in the past and will be even more apathetic in the coming term, now that they have secured absolute majority. The reports of a deficient rainfall this time means that farmers’ problems will only multiply and they will have a hard time securing fair prices for their produce,” External link

thehindu Monday, May 27, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “In the end, the Hatkanangale contest witnessed something unprecedented in the past 15 years in that it was fought entirely on caste lines and not on farmers’ issues,” External link

thehindu Monday, May 27, 2019 5:08:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I concur with Mr. Ambedkar’s sentiments about the need to fight Mr. Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in order to save the Constitution. But if that indeed was his intent, then why is it today that his vote-splitting tactics have ended up benefitting the BJP-Sena in Maharashtra?” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Mr Modi ) : “A number of factors contributed to my defeat, not least the entry of the VBA which only queered my pitch and benefited the BJP. The other factor was that while the farmers in this region voted for me, their children veered towards Mr. Modi, chiefly owing to the aura of hyper-patriotism conjured by the PM and the BJP, post the Balakot airstrikes,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I am going to visit every fodder camp in the State and take stock of the situation. This government [BJP-Sena] was not sensitive about farmers’ issues in the past and will be even more apathetic in the coming term, now that they have secured absolute majority. The reports of a deficient rainfall this time means that farmers’ problems will only multiply and they will have a hard time securing fair prices for their produce,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “In the end, the Hatkanangale contest witnessed something unprecedented in the past 15 years in that it was fought entirely on caste lines and not on farmers’ issues,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 27, 2019 4:09:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “Farmers chose to vote on emotive issues rather than on issues that mattered to them directly. We have to rethink our strategies,” External link

expressindia Friday, May 24, 2019 7:43:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : "I have been asked by those states' farmers groups to campaign so that we can give a tough fight to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Along with some other leaders, we shall start canvassing in a few constituencies, and more if required, from May 10," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, May 7, 2019 3:15:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told : "I have been asked by those states' farmers groups to campaign so that we can give a tough fight to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Along with some other leaders, we shall start canvassing in a few constituencies, and more if required, from May 10," External link

economictimes Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:24:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told : "I have been asked by those states' farmers groups to campaign so that we can give a tough fight to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Along with some other leaders, we shall start canvassing in a few constituencies, and more if required, from May 10," External link

business-standard Tuesday, May 7, 2019 12:19:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Vijay Mallya ) : “In the heat of the election campaign, authorities had relaxed their grip of errant sugar mills. But we will continue our struggle for farmers by fighting in the streets and in the court. The pending [FRP] arrears is a massive amount…it may be trifling for economic offenders like Vijay Mallya, but a colossal sum for humble farmers,” External link

thehindu Monday, May 6, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Earlier, the sugar factory owners had pleaded their inability to pay the full FRP dues on the pretext of financial and other managerial problems. We had ironed out a compromise wherein the millers could pay 80% of the FRP in the first installment and the remaining amount in the second installment. But now, with the crushing season over, the mills have still not paid the remaining amount to the farmers,” External link

thehindu Monday, May 6, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Vijay Mallya ) : “In the heat of the election campaign, authorities had relaxed their grip of errant sugar mills. But we will continue our struggle for farmers by fighting in the streets and in the court. The pending [FRP] arrears is a massive amount…it may be trifling for economic offenders like Vijay Mallya, but a colossal sum for humble farmers,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 6, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Earlier, the sugar factory owners had pleaded their inability to pay the full FRP dues on the pretext of financial and other managerial problems. We had ironed out a compromise wherein the millers could pay 80% of the FRP in the first installment and the remaining amount in the second installment. But now, with the crushing season over, the mills have still not paid the remaining amount to the farmers,” External link

Hindu Monday, May 6, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “If this is not done in the next eight days, we will approach the Bombay High Court, where our petition on FRP dues is already pending, and seek justice,” External link

financialexpress Monday, May 6, 2019 11:38:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti says : “The main culprit is the lack of incentives for exports, which could have tackled the problem of surplus stocks. The government should help provide guarantee for stocks exported as the payment from overseas sales take time, often one to two months. No bank is willing to provide loans to support exports,” External link

outlookindia Friday, April 5, 2019 5:14:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti added : "I offer my apology to the people who were hurt by my statement," External link

business-standard Friday, April 5, 2019 4:08:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We had urged for other seats – Wardha and Buldhana – before Sangli. The Congress leaders offered us Sangli seat. We don’t want such controversial seat and don’t want to hurt the family of Vasantdada Patil,” External link

expressindia Thursday, March 28, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We have already announced our decision to go it alone in the general election if the talks with the Congress fail. We are resolved to contest 15 Lok Sabha seats and will announce our list of candidates by March 13,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:05:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “If the Congress does not respond to our ultimatum, we will have no alternative but to go our own way…our candidates have worked for more than two decades at the grassroots and we feel that we ought to be given the seats we have asked for,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:05:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “The sugar mills are controlled by major political parties and they hold on to the cash during election years,” External link

economictimes Sunday, February 3, 2019 8:42:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “The sugar mills are controlled by major political parties and they hold on to the cash during election years,” External link

economictimes Saturday, February 2, 2019 11:17:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “The question is, whom do farmers turn to for justice when ruling party leaders are the biggest defaulters? Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh’s sugar factory has pending FRP arrears amounting to ₹104 crore, while Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde’s factory has a backlog of ₹64 crore,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:52:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Chief Minister ) : “The question is, whom do farmers turn to for justice when ruling party leaders are the biggest defaulters? Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh’s sugar factory has pending FRP arrears amounting to ₹104 crore, while Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde’s factory has a backlog of ₹64 crore,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti alleged : “Based on the realisation of sugar and the loan extended by the banks to the mills, they are short by only about Rs 100/tonne to Rs 150/tonne to make full payment of the fair and remunerative price. But the mills have been lying that they are short by about Rs 500/tonne as they want more sops from the government,” External link

economictimes Tuesday, January 29, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : "There are total 191 sugar factories in the state and barring 11 of them, 180 have not paid FRP to farmers. These dues come to around Rs 5,300 crore," External link

business-standard Monday, January 28, 2019 8:09:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "We demand the government seize sugar from these mills and auction it in order to clear the dues of cultivators," External link

business-standard Monday, January 28, 2019 8:09:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "This government is not serious. I am myself a farmer. Farmers are in distress. But I can see how the government is trying to create a rift between millers and farmers," External link

business-standard Monday, January 28, 2019 2:05:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "This government is not serious. I am myself a farmer. Farmers are in distress. But I can see how the government is trying to create a rift between millers and farmers," External link

economictimes Monday, January 28, 2019 2:03:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We have strong candidates in six seats. Especially in western Maharashtra areas like Kolhapur and Sangli, we have a strong presence, besides two seats in Vidarbha and two in Marathwada. We have not been invited for talks yet. As and when talks are held, we will place our demands,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, January 23, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti asked : “During his address, the PM claimed that 99% farmers were paid their FRP dues in 2016-17. The fact is that sugar prices had remained stable during that year and there was never any serious question of FRP arrears [in 2016-17]…Why is the PM quoting past figures and trying to cover-up the present crisis triggered by the rapid fall in sugar crisis,” External link

thehindu Monday, January 21, 2019 8:50:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “The agitation will only be called off if we get concrete assurances from the government and sugarcane factory owners that they will pay farmers the complete FRP amount. It is not difficult for them to pay the FRP of ₹2,900-₹3,050 per tonne, which is the current rate in the sugar-belt districts of Sangli and Kolhapur,” External link

thehindu Monday, January 21, 2019 8:50:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti asked : “During his address, the PM claimed that 99% farmers were paid their FRP dues in 2016-17. The fact is that sugar prices had remained stable during that year and there was never any serious question of FRP arrears [in 2016-17]…Why is the PM quoting past figures and trying to cover-up the present crisis triggered by the rapid fall in sugar crisis,” External link

Hindu Monday, January 21, 2019 8:34:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “The agitation will only be called off if we get concrete assurances from the government and sugarcane factory owners that they will pay farmers the complete FRP amount. It is not difficult for them to pay the FRP of ₹2,900-₹3,050 per tonne, which is the current rate in the sugar-belt districts of Sangli and Kolhapur,” External link

Hindu Monday, January 21, 2019 8:34:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Commission ) : “Not a single sugar factory in the state has made FRP payments to farmers. On Monday, I met Maharashtra Sugar Commission Shekhar Gaikwad and said that if millers claim that they do not have any money to make FRP payments then they should give sugar to farmers. The Commissionerate has issued notices to millers a couple of times,” External link

financialexpress Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:50:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti alleged : “The State government is intent on breaking the protest as it is dreading the pent-up ire of sugarcane farmers. Hence, since Sunday, government agencies are tapping the phones of all top members of my organisation, including myself,” External link

Hindu Monday, January 14, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti alleged : “The State government is intent on breaking the protest as it is dreading the pent-up ire of sugarcane farmers. Hence, since Sunday, government agencies are tapping the phones of all top members of my organisation, including myself,” External link

thehindu Monday, January 14, 2019 9:23:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti added : "The government has been quite aware of the farmers' issues. However, it did not take required action to ensure remunerative prices for farmers and the procurement of their harvest was ineffective," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, January 3, 2019 7:14:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “All parties have understood that they need to address farmer concerns ahead of elections. Four out of the five states that went to polls recently were fought and won over farmer issues. There were loan waiver promises in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and in Telangana KCR had announced relief measures for farmers as well,” External link

news18 Tuesday, January 1, 2019 9:16:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We have asked for five Lok Sabha seats but are ready to compromise,” External link

expressindia Thursday, December 27, 2018 4:57:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We will be meeting again in the first week of January for further talks. If talks fail, our party will fight the election on its own strength,” External link

expressindia Thursday, December 27, 2018 4:57:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Looking at the failure of the Modi government at the Centre and the Devendra Fadnavis regime in state, farmers are the most hassled lot and have made up their minds to teach the BJP a lesson for not doing enough for them. The results in five states gave a glimpse of this anger,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, December 26, 2018 2:02:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “I have been telling the aggrieved farmers to get aggressive and thrash the ministers and officials who have failed them. That will be better than committing suicide,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, December 26, 2018 2:02:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : "There is a lack of political will besides bureaucratic apathy. In case of onions, the government allowed imports from Pakistan despite knowing that domestic supply was optimum," External link

economictimes Friday, December 21, 2018 8:27:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “That must be on the election manifesto; that is our main condition for joining the gathbandhan [alliance],” External link

thehindu Thursday, December 20, 2018 8:30:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “That must be on the election manifesto; that is our main condition for joining the gathbandhan [alliance],” External link

Hindu Thursday, December 20, 2018 8:16:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti added : "The government has been quite aware of the farmers' issues. However, it did not take required action to ensure remunerative prices for farmers and the procurement of their harvest was ineffective," External link

business-standard Monday, December 17, 2018 12:11:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Farmers are getting Rs 16 for a litre. They need at least Rs 25-27 to be profitable,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:14:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "Two months back only, I had informed the prime minister and consumer affairs minister about the issue of onion. If they had paid attention to my letter, then today we would not have to face this onion issue," External link

dnaindia Friday, December 7, 2018 4:35:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We share good rapport as we were part of the NDA,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, December 5, 2018 9:59:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “He [Kushwaha] didn’t propose for any kind of merger of the two parties but offered to have an alliance for the coming polls. He is currently not happy in the NDA,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, December 5, 2018 9:59:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “We were to complete the journey in 16 hours reaching Kolhapur at mid-night on Wednesday. With this delay we are expecting to now reach sometime on Thursday evening,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 23, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “For that also the train will have multiple stops that will add up enormously to our journey time,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 23, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “There is no electricity, water or cleanliness in the train. At every station we get down and complain about it to the station master but there has been no action,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 23, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Ideally, the authorities ought to have mediated between the sugarcane factory owners and the farmers. But instead, they responded by taking farmer leaders into police custody which in turn prompted an adverse reaction on part of the agitators,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 16, 2017 12:16:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Ideally, the authorities ought to have mediated between the sugarcane factory owners and the farmers. But instead, they responded by taking farmer leaders into police custody which in turn prompted an adverse reaction on part of the agitators,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:20:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “This time, farmers are in a position to secure better prices as the total production nearly equals the sugar consumption across the country. We [the SSS] will urge farmers to sell their stock to factories prudently so as to gain maximum benefit,” External link

thehindu Friday, October 27, 2017 11:02:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “This time, farmers are in a position to secure better prices as the total production nearly equals the sugar consumption across the country. We [the SSS] will urge farmers to sell their stock to factories prudently so as to gain maximum benefit,” External link

Hindu Friday, October 27, 2017 10:45:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti added : "Besides, we want to build the party at the state and national level in coming days. We want to work as a pressure group for the interest of the farmers. Therefore, we decided to leave the NDA," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:34:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : "Besides, BJP leadership had also promised to implement pro-farmer policies.However, after coming to power, the BJP forgot all the promises it had made," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:34:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "We had asked our people to resign from the statutory posts given in the state government. The textile co-operation chairman Ravikant Tupkar had already resigned. We do not want to be a part of this government now. Farmer suicides in the state have been increasing. There is huge unrest among the farmers. The government has failed at all fronts to address farmers' issues. We will continue our fight for the farmers and their welfare," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:34:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "We will keep the same distance with the BJP and the Congress. Meanwhile, we will again tour across Maharashtra to increase awareness among the farmers," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:34:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti clarified : "We have nothing to do with Mr Koth now. He is a BJP minister. It is now the prerogative of CM Devendra Fadnavis whether to retain or expel him. We have no connection with him," "We are not typical politicians. We are here for the farmers," External link

dnaindia Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:34:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “We will decide whether to continue supporting the NDA or not in the next 10 to 15 days in our State executive meeting because the PM has still not fulfilled the assurances he gave to farmers during the 2014 election campaign. It’s been three years. We went with him for those promises but if they are not going to act on it, we will take a decision in our State executive,” External link

thehindu Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:33:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Narendra Modi ) : “The farmers were told to produce pulses. When they believed the PM and went for the pulses, even the government decided MSP wasn’t given to them because of this government’s apathy towards farmers. They imported 5 lakh tonnes of pulses and the FCI also brought out its old stock for sale on lesser prices hampering the farmers’ interest. All this has contributed to farmers’ distress. In 2014, Narendra Modi had promised one and half times MSP on the production cost. As a result, the farmers from across the country voted for him. His promises led to an increased debt burden on farmers and the central government now has an obligation to clear it,” External link

thehindu Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:33:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti told : “We will decide whether to continue supporting the NDA or not in the next 10 to 15 days in our State executive meeting because the PM has still not fulfilled the assurances he gave to farmers during the 2014 election campaign. It’s been three years. We went with him for those promises but if they are not going to act on it, we will take a decision in our State executive,” External link

Hindu Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:43:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said ( about Narendra Modi ) : “The farmers were told to produce pulses. When they believed the PM and went for the pulses, even the government decided MSP wasn’t given to them because of this government’s apathy towards farmers. They imported 5 lakh tonnes of pulses and the FCI also brought out its old stock for sale on lesser prices hampering the farmers’ interest. All this has contributed to farmers’ distress. In 2014, Narendra Modi had promised one and half times MSP on the production cost. As a result, the farmers from across the country voted for him. His promises led to an increased debt burden on farmers and the central government now has an obligation to clear it,” External link

Hindu Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:43:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "sugar mills have sold most of their sugar. Imports are not feasible. Sugar prices are going to increase and this is the right time to fight," External link

economictimes Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:01:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "We submitted written letters of 30 sugar mills to the chief minister demanding permission to begin crushing operations from November," External link

economictimes Thursday, October 13, 2016 4:47:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "Merely revoking the licenses will not put a stop to the wrongful practice. The government must initiate criminal action against the directors of sugar factories as per the provisions of Sugar Cane Control Order 1966," External link

mumbaimirror Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:11:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "Had basic facilities being provided to farmers why would have they begged before all for help? What is the option left to farmers now? This budget has ignored the problems of farmers," External link

thehindu Monday, March 2, 2015 8:04:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : "Had basic facilities being provided to farmers why would have they begged before all for help? What is the option left to farmers now? This budget has ignored the problems of farmers," External link

Hindu Monday, March 2, 2015 7:42:00 AM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Where are the promised ‘achhe din’ for the farm community... this budget is very disappointing,” External link

thehindu Saturday, February 28, 2015 2:01:00 PM EAT

Raju Shetti said : “Where are the promised ‘achhe din’ for the farm community... this budget is very disappointing,” External link

Hindu Saturday, February 28, 2015 1:59:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
leader45.45%EN12/01/201301/12/2013
mp54.55%EN11/29/201329/11/2013
Names Lang Count
Raju ShettyEN64.13%
Raju ShettiEN35.87%


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Prakash Ambedkar said ( about Raju Shetti ) : “We had invited [Mr. Shetti] to join us even before the Lok Sabha elections. I had told him there was no guarantee that he’d win if he went along with the Congress-NCP. Yet, he chose to join hands with them and we were compelled to put up a VBA candidate there,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, June 5, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Prakash Ambedkar said ( about Raju Shetti ) : “We had invited [Mr. Shetti] to join us even before the Lok Sabha elections. I had told him there was no guarantee that he’d win if he went along with the Congress-NCP. Yet, he chose to join hands with them and we were compelled to put up a VBA candidate there,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, June 5, 2019 8:26:00 AM EAT

Ajit Pawar said ( about Raju Shetti ) : “While we are confident Mr. Shetti will resoundingly win from Hatkanangale, we hope to field [Swabhimani Paksha State president] Ravikant Tupkar from the Buldhana constituency this time. Our aim is to win at least two seats in the Lok Sabha election and 12 in the Assembly election,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:52:00 PM EAT

Ajit Pawar said ( about Raju Shetti ) : “While we are confident Mr. Shetti will resoundingly win from Hatkanangale, we hope to field [Swabhimani Paksha State president] Ravikant Tupkar from the Buldhana constituency this time. Our aim is to win at least two seats in the Lok Sabha election and 12 in the Assembly election,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Sharad Pawar said ( about Raju Shetti ) : "We are in talks with Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana. My party has told me that we will leave one seat, that of Hatkanangle in Kolhapur, for Raju Shetti," External link

news18 Monday, January 14, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT