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," he said.
BJP bays for Arup Patnaik blood, says 'promotion' is an insult to public
The Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra had insulted the public sentiment by "promoting" Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik, state BJP said today.
"Home Minister R R Patil has claimed that government has promoted Patnaik considering his good work," state BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said here.
Patil's statement came against the backdrop of attacks on police and molestation of women police personnel during August 11 violence at Mumbai's Azad Maidan, Bhandari noted. "May be, Patil wants to suggest that what happened at Azad Maidan under Patnaik's supervision was the IPS officer's success and good work," he said.
There was demand from all quarters that Patnaik be transferred for failing to curb the violence, but this demand was turned down, and by claiming that Patnaik was promoted for his good work, Patil had insulted sentiments of people in Mumbai and Maharashtra, the BJP leader said.
This also proved right the allegation that August 11 riot had blessings of higher-ups in the government, Bhandari said.
Arup Patnaik has been promoted to DG rank and will be MD Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation.
No chance of meeting Patnaik's fate: Home Minister Patil
Having shown the door to Mumbai Police