Mumbai: The Maharashtra government finally seems to have woken up to the need to curb divisive propaganda in the state. Home Minister RR Patil sent a letter Thursday to the state`s advocate general seeking his opinion on whether legal action can be taken against Shiv Sena`s mouthpiece Saamna for its inflammatory remarks.
Speaking to a news channel, Patil said that the legal department had been given a fortnight to submit its response on the potentially volatile issue.
If the legal department gives its go ahead, then action can be taken under Section 153 of the Indian Penal Code - promoting communal disharmony and enmity.
There also reports, that the state government is also mulling action against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Raj Thackeray for his brand of extremely divisive politics.
However Shiv Sena is undeterred. Samna`s editor Sanjay Raut retorted that taking action against the party mouthpiece will not affect the spirit of the party.
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Wednesday had launched a vicious personal attack on Rahul Gandhi saying the Congress MP was a "victim of the disease" that sets in when a person doesn`t get married "despite advancing age".
Also, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is facing the Shiv Sena`s ire for saying that he favoured Pakistani players` inclusion in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Last week, Sena men protested outside Kahn`s Mumbai residence and raised slogan against him.
The Shiv Sena has been on an overdrive lately. After entering into a war of words with Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray today attacked Union Home Minister P Chidambaram for acting as Pakistan`s Home Minister.
Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi would be in Mumbai tomorrow to meet party leaders and interact with students.