Raj Thackeray attack: MNS workers go on rampage across in Mumbai

Feb 27 2013, 22:11 IST
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SummaryTension triggered by yesterday's stone-pelting incident targeting Raj Thackeray's convoy escalated today with MNS workers and supporters vandalising NCP offices in several parts of Mumbai and adjoining Thane.

the language people choose to speak to us. They (NCP leaders) have forgotten that they have to move in Maharashtra.... Their homes are in Mumbai," he said while speaking to a TV news channel.

MNS leader in the legislative assembly Bala Nandgaonkar blamed NCP for the incidents.

"Raj saheb is on a state-wide tour (during which) he is bound to criticise the government and his opponents. Raj saheb targeted Ajit Pawar and he also responded. Such criticism is nothing new. However, throwing stones at our leader's convoy and women workers getting hurt in police lathi charge is simply not done," he said.

On the attack by his partymen at NCP office in Ambernath, Nandgaonkar said MNS workers had merely reacted to the action of the ruling party. "It is up to them to stop. Our's was a reaction to their action," he said.

NCP, however, rejected MNS charge that its workers were responsible for the attack on Thackeray's motorcade and asked its cadre not to get provoked.

State NCP president Madhukar Pichad said Maharashtra was reeling under drought and party workers should direct their energy towards constructive work to provide relief to the masses.

NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said the incident of stone pelting on Thackeray's convoy was a "managed event".

"Our workers did stage a demonstration and waved black flags at Raj's convoy to protest his derogatory remarks against our leaders at his Solapur rally," Malik said, adding the home department should act against those responsible for destruction of private and public property.

"NCP has no history of politics of destruction unlike the MNS which has mastered the art of misguiding the youth and making them anti-social elements," he said.

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