Day after Raj convoy attack, MNS, NCP supporters clash
- The gongs of Behmai: 35 years on, will justice be served?
- Mann Ki Baat: Start-up India to crop insurance, here's all that Modi said
- J-K crisis: Mehbooba to chair PDP meet, discuss govt formation
- MCD strike: Kejriwal supports demands of protesting employees
- Fifth Column: Hope PM Modi has realised that India is not Gujarat
The simmering tension between the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Nationalist Congress Party escalated into fullblown violence on Wednesday. Party workers, egged on by their leaders Raj Thackeray and Ajit Pawar, stoned buses and attacked each other's offices across the state.
Thackeray, who has been on a tour of drought-hit areas over the last two weeks, has taken repeated digs at NCP leaders Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar, R R Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal. At Bhingar in Ahmednagar district, Raj's convoy was stoned, allegedly by NCP workers. While the NCP denied it, workers from both parties turned aggressive not just in Mumbai where the MNS is strong, but also in Thane, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Yavatmal, Bhandara, Akola and Buldana.
In Mumbai, sporadic violence was reported in several areas. In Kurla, several MNS workers were arrested after a car was set on fire. Among those arrested was MLA Ram Kadam, who was later released on bail.
Uddhav Thackeray extended support to his cousin Raj. "All political parties in the opposition should unite in the battle against NCP," Uddhav said.
The NCP appeared to speak in two voices. While state NCP president Madhukar Picchad dispatched letters to district chiefs asking them to observe restraint and avoid clashes, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar exhorted NCP workers, "There is no reason to go on the defensive. Give a befitting reply to the MNS in their own style and show your might."
- China is not India’s sibling, nor is China India’s nemesis
- Bureaucrats are an obstacle in path of ‘parivartan’, ‘vikas’
- Out of my mind: Netaji will always remain a promise never fulfilled
- Reverse Swing: A Manifesto for Middle-Eastern Migrants in Europe
- Equality before law must be accompanied by equality in social practices
- Indian policymakers underestimate problems emanating from emerging economies