Bal Thackeray asks party workers to observe restraint

Bal Thackeray asked workers to observe restraint after clashes with workers of the NCP.

Mumbai: Taking cue from the Nationalist
Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Monday
asked party workers to observe restraint after clashes with
workers of the Sharad Pawar-led party.

The clashes had erupted after Maharashtra Deputy Chief
Minister and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar`s remarks about
Thackeray and the saffron outfit`s mouthpiece responding by
carrying derogatory remarks against him.

"The conflict against NCP should be stopped," 83-year
old Thackeray said in a statement.

"When there is a conflict in the country against the
Congress-led government, this conflict (Sena-NCP) should be
stopped," Thackeray said, adding there was a need for everyone
to come together against Congress.

Senior NCP leaders have adopted a conciliatory
approach on the issue of renaming Dadar railway station after
Chaityabhoomi (Ambedkar memorial), he said.

Two days ago, Sharad Pawar had directed the state
party president Madhukar Pichad to ask party workers to
observe restraint and desist from undertaking programmes like
burning effigies and holding demonstrations in response to the
Sena reaction.

"Some political parties believe that they have got the
right to criticise others but if others criticise them, they
are not ready to accept," Pichad had said.

Last week, police resorted to mild cane-charge to
disperse activists of Shiv Sena and NCP in Pune during a
demonstration staged by the latter to condemn an editorial in
the saffron outfit`s mouthpiece that allegedly carried
derogatory remarks against Ajit Pawar.

Ajit Pawar, nephew of Sharad Pawar, had recently
alleged that Thackeray was exploiting the emotional appeal
associated with the name of Maratha warrior king Shivaji for
political mileage.


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