Mah govt may enact bill holding Party responsible for damage

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Mumbai, Oct 21 (UNI) The Maharashtra Cabinet is likely to consider tomorrow a legislature that would hold political parties and its leaders responsible for any damage to public property caused during an agitation organised by it.

Announcing this to newspersons, Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil today said the Home Department has drafted a bill to this effect.

The bill could come up before the Cabinet tomorrow.

The Law Department would also consider whether such a legislation could be implemented retrospectively, he said.

Mr Patil said police had deftly handled the situation after the arrest of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray and barring a few incidents of stone pelting on the buses, no major trouble was reported.

He said government has registered 3,000 cases against the MNS activists so far for various incidents that occurred in the state since February.

Though trains were running smoothly, thin attendence was witnessed in the offices and shopkeepers kept their shutters down.

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