The move of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for allegedly brokering a deal with producers of the movie ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ and Maharshtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has created a buzz in the nation. The former Mumbai police commissioner, Julio Ribeiro, feels that unless the BJP in Maharashtra has decided to boost the dwindling clout of the MNS to counterbalance the threats doled out at regular intervals by its alliance partner, the Shiv Sena, he sees no justification for letting Raj Thackeray off the hook.
“The police had taken the studied decision to clip Thackeray’s wings by detaining his main lieutenants. If more of these shakha pramukhs had been put away till Karan Johar’s film was released by month’s end, Raj Thackeray’s ability to disrupt the release would have been effectively thwarted. But instead of this, it was suddenly announced that the chief minister himself had brokered peace for the producer with Raj Thackeray. I do not know why he had to do that because Karan Johar certainly knew what was required of him to come to an understanding with the MNS,” the retired IPS raised questions.
Mentioning involvement of Raj Thackeray in criminal activities like burning toll booths and threatening to stone the offices of those who do not comply with his diktats, he said if this trend continues, he is afraid that respect for law will evaporate even more rapidly in the days ahead. Business leaders will think twice before investing in a country that is unable to uphold the law and the aspirations of nation to become a lead player on the global scene would vanish in smoke.