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TOI reports on Raj Thackerey’s protest against protests:

A long convoy of buses, two-wheelers and cars, ferrying hundreds of supporters and party activist from the Thane unit of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), drove towards the Girgaum chowpatty on Tuesday to attend the rally called by their leader.

All vehicles driving into Mumbai with MNS activists from Thane and beyond, were subjected to physical inspection by the Mumbai police corps deployed at the toll booth at the Eastern Express Highway on Tuesday. None of the vehicles bearing the MNS flag and carrying party supporters from Thane were stopped at the toll booth at the Eastern Express highway. The MNS activists were given a free passage into Mumbai.

Traffic congestion in south Mumbai has already begun as more than 50,000 people are expected at the MNS rally at Azad Maidan.

BS reports:

MNS supporters carrying the party’s blue, saffron and green flags with its election symbol train engine embossed in the middle, gathered at Girgaum Chowpatty before Thackeray joined them in a ‘symbolic’ march after a brief stopover at Siddhivinayak temple.

Thackeray stepped out of his Toyota Land Cruiser briefly to speak to his supporters at the Chowpatty before quickly making his way out of the crowd in his vehicle.

The chief cannot be expected to walk, can he?

IBN Live reports on Raj Thackeray’s speech:

Raj Thackeray demands that state Home Minister RR Patil and Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik resign. He says that the Mumbai Police was aware of the Azad Maidan violence but did not take necessary action to stop it.

Pretty innocuous. No exhortations to throw sundry people out of Mumbai, for example. Could it be that a contempt of court notice is weighing heavily on him?

That turned out to be incomplete reporting. A more detailed report from HT indicates that Mr. Thackeray’s monomania continues:

Thackeray blamed outsiders for the August 11 violence and said Maharashtrians were not responsible for it.

“Attackers came from UP, Jharkhand and Bihar. I fear we will continue to suffer due to people from outside,” he told the public meeting at Azad Maidan, harping on his pet pro-Marathi theme.

“I am standing here to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the police force and the media and to demand immediate resignation of home minister RR Patil and police commissioner Arup Patnaik,” he said, launching a blistering attack on the two for failing to control the situation after violence erupted during a demonstration to protest alleged persecution of Muslims in Assam and Myanmar.

Though Thackeray’s show of strength is being seen by many as an attempt to claim a slice of the Hindutva political pie hitherto controlled by the Shiv Sena and the BJP, the MNS chief said, “I am not veering towards Hindutva. Maharashtra dharma is my only dharma.”

Extremist muslim elements wanted “north-eastern” people to leave their places of work. Extremist elements like the MNS want people from UP, Jharkhand and Bihar to do so. They have already done this once with a weak state taking no action.

Contrary to the claims being made by extremist elements like the MNS, the police handled the attempt to provoke riots in Mumbai extremely well. The violence was contained in less than an hour, and no counter-provocation was offered. The investigation into the violence has also progressed well, leading quickly to the arrest of some of the culprits. The police seems to be following further leads. No evidence of botched investigations yet.

Z News reports:

Ruling out his resignation over the recent Mumbai violence, as sought by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil said here on Tuesday that appropriate action would be taken against the MNS for organising a march without police permission.

HT amplified:

An FIR has been registered against MNS secretary Shirish Sawant and others for allegedly taking out procession from Girgaum till Azad Maidan in Mumbai without police permission, cops said on Tuesday. However, police parried a question when asked if Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)
chief Raj Thackeray’s name was also included in the list of others.

A day earlier, HT had reported that some such action was contemplated:

However, CM Prithviraj Chavan said action would be taken if anything illegal was done.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

August 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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  1. […] in the earlier anti-Bihari violence by the MNS; it has taken part of the advise given to it by the MNS in its rally at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai. IE reports in a triumph of haste over grammar: Just 48 hours after MNS leader Raj […]

  2. […] Mumbai the unsuccessful attempt to instigate a riot on August 11 led to a show of strength by the MNS. Rajdeep Sardsai blogged: Which is why the recent violence in which two people were killed and […]

  3. […] in the open. Raj Thackeray’s MNS is one such party. Feeling very happy with himself after a speech in Azad Maidan in which he successfully confused the issue of terror cells and Bihari workers in Maharastra, he […]

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