Now R R Patil must go, says Raj Thackeray
Pune: Welcoming the transfer of Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik following the August 11 violence in south Mumbai, MNS president Raj Thackeray today again demanded resignation of Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil, who he said was "ignorant" about his department.
"People are angry with the way police handled August 11 situation (when protesters gathered to condemn Assam violence attacked police and media). In future, there should be no mismanagement of such a situation by police. I do not consider Patnaik`s transfer as my victory, as I have no personal enmity with him.
Now the minister (Patil), who is ignorant of his portfolio, should step down," Thackeray said at a press conference here.
"Police have learned their lesson. Now the minister should get wise," he commented. MNS had organised a huge rally to protest August 11 events earlier this week, where Raj had sought ouster of both Patil and Patnaik.
Asked about Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna`s support to MNS rally, and Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray`s statement hailing it, Raj said, "More than who says what, it is important to bring a collective pressure, forgetting all differences, to tackle such a situation."
Raj reiterated that trouble in Mumbai was fomented by illegal Bangladeshi migrants. "A Muslim who lives in Maharashtra will not attack the police here," he added. On RPI`s protest against his remark on its obsession with Indu mill land for memorial of Dr Ambedkar, the MNS leader said the RPI leadership had not paid any attention to the burning issues such as drought and scarcity of water in the state, and its actions were in contrast with the thoughts of Dr Ambedkar.
"RPI leaders are only deriving political mileage using Dr Ambedkar`s name, without dealing with the problems faced by the people," he said.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Watch - Huge fire breaks out at petrol pump in Kota, Rajasthan
- NSG now 'nine times' stronger; receives technological strength from 12 countries!
- RJD strongman Shahabuddin brought to Delhi
- UP elections in third phase; voting on 69 seats of 12 districts
- Panel discussion over why SP government is backing Gayatri Prajapati
- 'BJP is winning by absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections'
- 7th Pay Commission: Allowances committee raises HRA to 30%?
- Virat Kohli thanks sprint legend Usain Bolt for congratulating on 'record' Puma deal
- J&K: 26 soldiers martyred, 22 militants killed as Army steps up security in Valley
- Virat Kohli becomes first Indian sportsperson to sign Rs 100-crore endorsement deal