Maha govt succumbs to Raj Thackeray pressure, shifts top cop Arup Patnaik
"People are angry with the way police handled August 11 situation (when protesters gathered to condemn Assam violence attacked police and media). In future, there should be no mismanagement of such a situation by police. I do not consider Patnaik's transfer as my victory, as I have no personal enmity with him. Now the minister (Patil), who is ignorant of his portfolio, should step down," Thackeray said at a press conference here.
"Police have learned their lesson. Now the minister should get wise," he commented. MNS had organised a huge rally to protest August 11 events earlier this week, where Raj had sought ouster of both Patil and Patnaik.
Asked about Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna's support to MNS rally, and Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray's statement hailing it, Raj said, "More than who says what, it is important to bring a collective pressure, forgetting all differences, to tackle such a situation."
Raj reiterated that trouble in Mumbai was fomented by illegal Bangladeshi migrants. "A Muslim who lives in Maharashtra will not attack the police here," he added. On RPI's protest against his remark on its obsession with Indu mill land for memorial of Dr Ambedkar, the MNS leader said the RPI leadership had not paid any attention to the burning issues such as drought and scarcity of water in the state, and its actions were in contrast with the thoughts of Dr Ambedkar.
"RPI leaders are only deriving political mileage using Dr Ambedkar's name, without dealing with the problems faced by the people,"
AgreeNelson Devdas | 25-Aug-2012Reply | Forward I totally agree with Mr. Raj Saheb that u should do what has to be done at the appropriate time and why should we fear from such people who does it purposely. they have to be punished or given death penalty
Home Minister also should Resign....Shreenath U | 23-Aug-2012Reply | Forward Why everybody is thinking about firing at mob..there are other ways to control it lathicharge, tear gas.. etc...but his failure was to stop the protester from stealing guns from police and not doing ground work for arranging security. Even after the attack still the department is not able to take any action against the organizers and they are still arresting people. It should not end here Home Minsiter R R Patil should be asked to step down.
Minister to be blamedS Balan | 24-Aug-2012Reply | Forward The then Police Commissioner did not Order merciless action to his men, may be due to the fear in his mind of the Minister's fury. The present State Home Minister still continues to mess up with his Department and has not learnt a lesson from 26/11. The Minister should have been shown the doors instead of the CP because most of the incapability of the Police force is a reflection of the day to day interference of the Home Minister in their day to day affairs.