'Attack on Ashwini Thakare is attack on Mah'

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Mumbai, Nov 3: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Monday, Nov 3 described the attack on a Marathi IAS woman officer from Bihar cadre Ashwini Thakare by nearly 200 Bihar youths in Purnia district as an attack on Maharashtra. The youths, belonging to Lok Janashakti Party (LJP), allegedly attacked the office and residence of Ms Thakare, a Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) in Purnia, for being a Maharashtrian, a couple of days ago. Incidentally, she is not related to either Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray or Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.

In a hard-hitting editorial in the party's mouthpiece 'Saamna', Mr Thackeray hit back at the Bihar leaders, saying not a single one had said anything about this attack.

The octogenarian leader took a dig at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose party is a member of NDA like MNS, saying though he was a good man and is developing Bihar in a proper way, he has gone astray due to political compulsions.

Mr Thackeray said the INLD leader Om Prakash Chautala had recently organised a farmers rally in Haryana for which the Sena leaders were also invited. Though none of the Sena leaders had attended the rally, Mr Kumar went on to say that he would not share the dais with the Sena leaders.

He added that as an elderly person, he was advising Mr Kumar not to pour oil in the fire by making such statements.

UNI

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