MNS is responsible for violence: Sena Chief

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Mumbai, Feb 15: Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray has criticised Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray for the violence in the state that resulted in the death of a Maharashtrian. Ambadas Dharrao, a Maharashtrian, had died in stone pelting incident at Nashik which took place after the arrest of MNS Chief Raj Thackeray, two days ago.

Today, in an editorial titled 'Ambadas, tumcha gunha kaay', (Ambadas, what is your crime) in 'Saamna' - Sena mouthpiece, Mr Thackeray, criticising MNS, stated that the party has raised on ''the dead body of a Maharashtrian.'' He said that Sena has been working for Marathi pride relentlessly and at times have been aggressive, but their agitations have never led to a Maharashtrian losing his life.

The editorial, also criticising the news channels and politicians, pointed out that the same news channels and Amar Singh were raising their voice for the injustice that the North Indians faced but did not react on this issue.

''Raj was not in favour of securing bail but after he was remanded to judicial custody for 13 days, he changed his mind and opted for bail,'' Mr Thackeray observed sarcastically.

The edit also said that Mr Dharrao's soul will not rest in peace till the culprits who stoned the bus are hanged, as the family members of Mr Dharrao are left without support.

Agitations are inseparable part of political parties, Shiv Sena lost 69 sainiks in an agitation for border dispute while 105 people were killed in the agitation of Sanyukta Maharashtra, the edit said and added that these agitations were not ''hooliganism.'' Political agitations should not affect the common man and if they do affect them, the police should not be a mute spectator, he stressed.

Without naming Raj or any other politician, Mr Thackeray said that the politicians have always taken advantage of politically motivated agitations to take forward their careers.

UNI

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