Govt not to intervene in Pune`s statue row

The statue had become a bone of contention following a persistent demand by pro-Maratha outfit `Sambhaji Brigade`.

Thane: Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan on Monday night said the state government need not
interfere in the controversy arising out of the removal of
statue of Dadoji Kondadev, considered as Shivaji`s mentor,
from the Lal Mahal in Pune.

"It is a matter to be handled by the Pune Municipal
Corporation (PMC). At this juncture, it was not necessary for
the State Government to intervene in the matter," he said.
Chavan was talking to reporters after taking part in
the concluding ceremony of the 84th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi
Sahitya Sameelan here.

Tension prevailed in Pune after the PMC authorities
removed the statue early this morning from Lal Mahal, one of
the famous monuments here, pursuant to a resolution passed by
civic body dominated by NCP-Congress combine, approving
removal of the statue.

The statue had become a bone of contention following a
persistent demand by pro-Maratha outfit `Sambhaji Brigade`
opposing its presence at the Mahal, along with sculptures of
Jijabai, mother of Chhatrapati Shivaji and young age image of
the Maratha warrior king.

PTI