Sharad Yadav urges PM to call all party meeting on Maharashtra situation

February 13th, 2008 - 5:58 pm ICT by admin  

Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Janata Dal-United (JD-U) President Sharad Yadav on Wednesday appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to call an emergency all party meeting to discuss the situation in Maharashtra.
“The sad state of affairs is the inaction of the Central and State Governments. Both governments have become silent spectators,” a JD-U statement said.
The statement was issued even as reports were rife that Mumbai Police could soon arrest Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray for “promoting” enmity between groups.

Security was beefed up at the residence of Raj Thackeray and at the Vikroli Police Station in Mumbai.
Mumbai Police had lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against Thackeray on Monday at the Vikroli Police Station. Raj was booked under the non-bailable Section 153A, B and Section 117 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for inciting violence in the city.
Mumbai was rocked by sporadic incidents of violence on February 3 after Raj Thackeray had called for a primacy for Maharashtrians in the State.
The MNS has been targeting north Indian migrants living in the metropolis and objected to celebrations like Chhat Puja and Uttar Pradesh Diwas in Maharashtra.
Thackeray had also criticized film star Amitabh Bachchan for being a regionalist. West Bengal’s Communists were also described as non-liberal and unsecular.
English and Hindi language journalists were also criticised at a press conference on Saturday. (ANI)

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