The delegation, which was led by former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi and party president Uddhav Thackeray, spent 15 minutes with the President, and demanded imposition of President's Rule in the state of Maharashtra. They told Patil that the state of law and order in Maharashtra was abysmal, and this had been proved by last week's attacks by terrorists. They said that the people of Maharashtra had lost confidence in the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party coalition government headed by Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. Patil will meet Deshmukh and other officials and enquire about the progress in the probe relating to the attacks.
The President will return to the national capital at 3.30 pm.