"Nobody is willing to take up cudgels for the Marathi speaking people who are being oppressed in Karnataka's border areas, but everyone is moving with a bomb strapped to their stomach for caste and caste-based politics," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said.
Patil, the state cooperation minister, had sustained an eye injury after some Dhangar community activists hurled ink at him during a public function at Bhigwan in Indapur tehsil of Pune district on August 8.
Shiv Sena: Throwing ink at a minister is anarchy
"This incident does not befit the culture and prestige of Maharashtra," the editorial said. "The law and courts should not let the perpetrators go scot-free," it said.
"Dhangar community was never known to be violent," it said. The state government took a political decision to give 16 per cent quota for Marathas in jobs and education and as a result, Dhangars also jumped in the fray with a similar demand, the Sena organ said.
Throwing ink (which turned out to be a chemical) on a minister in the name of democracy is not freedom but anarchy, the editorial said.