MNS violence hits Maharashtra
Tension triggered by an incident of stone-pelting at Raj
Thackeray's convoy led to violence by his MNS party activists who
Wednesday torched public and private vehicles, including
ambulances, and attacked NCP offices across Maharashtra. »
Jalna (Maharashtra): Renewing his attack on the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP),
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray Saturday accused
the Sharad Pawar-led party of "raping" Maharashtra for the past 14
"The NCP is holding all the crucial departments, home, irrigation,
power and roads since 14 years. But what have they done so far?
The NCP has raped the state," Thackeray said at a public rally in
Jalna, 452 km to the east of Mumbai, in the parched Marathwada
Referring to the drought which has afflicted several parts of the
state, Thacekray squarely blamed the NCP and the party's Deputy
Chief Minister Ajit Pawar for the current scenario.
"The drought has hit 72 percent of the state. With another three
months of summer to go the situation can well be imagined. In all
these years, as many as 336 irrigation projects have been left
incomplete and they need Rs.12,000 crore to complete. But, what
are they doing?" he asked.
He alleged that if the projects are completed, then money will
stop coming from the contractors.
Thackeray said that at least four big contractors became affluent
overnight and demanded a probe into their assets.
When the state is confronted with such a severe drought, there is
no need to hold the IPL matches in Maharashtra, he said.
Naming certain NCP and Bharatiya Janata Party legislators and
parliamentarians, Thackeray accused them of being hand-in-glove in
looting the state: "Why are the BJP-Shiv Sena silent in the face
of such a serious drought reeling across the state?"
Pointing out that he was accused by the NCP of using abusive
language, but the suffering people of the state are abusing it (NCP)
even more. "I shall not be polite towards those who have been
doing otherwise (looting) the state," he declared.
Shifting to election gear, Thackeray said that now the Congress-NCP
has just one and half years left: "After my government comes to
power, then where will Ajit Pawar go? Let them slap any number of
cases against MNS activists, after we come to power, we shall
withdraw all of them (cases)," he assured.
This was Thackeray's first and keenly watched public rally after
his Aurangabad rally last Tuesday when his convoy was attacked
allegedly by NCP workers. It direct fallout was MNS' retaliatory
attacks on NCP offices in over a dozen parts of the state
Thackeray had promised to "give a fitting reply" to the NCP at
Saturday's rally and said he would now visit Pune - the Pawar
family bastion March 7, followed by a tour of Vidarbha starting
Meanwhile, NCP state spokesperson Nawab Malik claimed that last
week, the MNS had bought a used car for Rs.35,000 and then burnt
it, according to police investigations.
"Same type stunt of stone-throwing on its leader's car by the (MNS)
party workers and then blame NCP with the motive of attracting
media and public attention. This is the real face of MNS," Malik
said in a statement.