Pune/Patna, Oct 23: The jubilitant Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists celebrated their leader Raj Thackeray's release on Wednesday, Oct 22 evening lighting firecrackers. It was a festive mood at Raj's residence as his party activists and kin burst crackers and exchanged sweets after he reached home.
It seems as all parties are trying to reap gains through ongoing violence in Maharashtra and the blame game already started. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) blamed both the ruling parties, the Congress and the NCP for the violence in state. BJP president Rajnath Singh said "What all has happened in Mumbai is indiscipline. MNS has encouraged violence and I condemn that. I believe that what all is happening in Mumbai is all part of conspiracy of the Congress and NCP."
Bihar Chief Minister and senior Janata Dal-U leader Nitish Kumar demanded strict actions on the perpetrators of violence. "People in Maharashtra should be provided protection. We appeal that peace should prevail in Bihar and demand that stern action on the perpetrators of violence in Maharashtra," said the Bihar CM in Patna.
Meanwhile, Mayawati the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister urged the Union government to ban MNS, echoing calls by other legislators in parliament. She warned of a backlash against Maharashtrians in Uttar Pradesh and other states.
Raj Thackeray was granted bail till Oct 24 after a Kalyan court sent him to 14-day judicial custody till Nov 5 in connection with a case of attack against North Indians. Raj was arrested by the Mumbai Police from Ratnagiri on Tuesday, Oct 21 early morning after a case was registered against him following the attack on North Indian candidates appearing in a Railway examination in Kherwadi.
So far more than 50 cases are slapped on Raj Thackeray by the Police. He was granted bail in Kherwadi case on Tuesday, Oct 21, but was re-arrested by the Police in Kalyan case. On Wednesday, Oct 22 he was granted an interim bail till Oct 24. Police sources said that Raj was charged under Sections 153, 353, 336, 425 and 427 of Indian Penal Code(IPC). His arrest has triggered violence across Maharashtra, with the police resorting to lathi-charge in several parts to dispel the protesters.