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Mhetre issue: Deshmukh seeks detailed information

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Mumbai, Mar 12 (UNI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today said the government has sought detailed information from the police regarding the phone conversation between underworld dons in which Minister of State for Home Siddhram Mhetre's name allegedly figures.

Talking to reporters after the customary tea meeting on the eve of the Budget Session, Mr Deshmukh said, ''We have asked for details about the conversation and an inquiry is in progress.'' The Opposition, meanwhile, boycotted the tea meet today.

To a question, the Chief Minister said that a case has been registered against Animal Husbandary Minister Anees Ahmed under the Atrocities Act for making casteist remarks.

The Opposition has resolved to demand the resignation of both the ministers on the floor of the House.

Meanwhile, Mr Deshmukh and Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil expressed their displeasure at the Opposition boycotting the customary tea meeting. ''It has become a tradition to boycott the tea meeting and next time, we will call them for lunch,'' Mr Deshmukh remarked.

Mr Deshmukh said ordinance regarding the regularisation of illegal structures in Ulhasnagar and the ban on plastics, and 18 bills would be taken up during the Budget Session.

Mr Patil, replying to a query, said strict action would be taken against officials found guilty of protecting dance bars which have been banned in the State. He said an inquiry into the firing in Amravati district would be conducted by additional director general of police.

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