Mumbai, Feb 10: In the latest update on the Sena-Shah Rukh conflict, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has issued a stern warning against the Shiv Sena, stating that the government would not tolerate Sena's bullying tactics.
Speaking to CNN-IBN in the wake of the Sena's attacks on theaters due to screen Shah Rukh's upcoming film 'My Name Is Khan', Chavan said that protesters attempting to disrupt the screening of the film will be dealt with a firm hand.
"There is no question of what Shiv Sena feels about it. I have assured the people of Maharashtra that we will take strong action against anybody who will take law into their hands. For the Sena, it has become a matter of prestige, they are losing ground politically. So a non-issue has been picked up by them to create terror in the city, but we will not, under any circumstances, tolerate this," he said.
The chief minister said that the government will strict action against the bullying tactics of the Sena.
" We will not tolerate the bullying tactics. We will take strict actions," he said.
He added that the security provided to the Sena members, including party leader Uddhav Thackeray, will be withdrawn if necessary.
"We have told them(Sena) that we'll withdraw security of all those people who are involved in those activities. I have already withdrawn the security of all Shiv Sena leaders, and if required, I will also withdraw the security of Uddhav Thackeray," he said.
The state government is currently providing security to three of the Sena's leaders-Ravindra Waikar, MLA and BMC, Standing Committee Chairman Bala Sawant, MLA and Anil Para, MLC.
Meanwhile, responding to Chavan, Uddhav Thackeray in the Sena's mouthpiece 'Saamna' has said that he does not require the state security and the state can withdraw it.
"I don"t need his security. My party"s MLAs will also return their security. Let the men guard Kasab as he seems dearer to government instead of those who express their love for the country," Uddhav said in a TV news report.