He said,"The change of government in Delhi appears to have emboldened the communal forces who have started asserting themselves leading to growing incidents of communal conflict against minorities and dalits across Maharashtra."
Citing the example of the murder of IT-professional Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh in Pune, Pawar said,"It is evident that communal forces who were suppressed are now emerging out and willing to strike against those who do not subscribe to their ideology."
The incidents of distorted pictures of national leaders and heroes with inflammatory messages being circulated in Facebook has led to communal tension in several areas of Maharashtra.
Pawar said,"the messages along with images that are being circulated is to provoke the innocent people who start believing in such mischievous campaign aimed at creating a communal divide."
He further said that NCP workers and security forces should go that extra mile to protect the interest of the Dalits and the minorities and avoid any communal forces at large.