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Won’t allow Indo-Pak cricket, says Thackeray; wants control of army

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, September 08, 2012
First Published: 17:01 IST(8/9/2012) | Last Updated: 01:57 IST(9/9/2012)

Threatening ‘communal Muslims’, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray also vowed to not allow India-Pakistan cricket matches to be held.

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He said that he would like to take control of the Indian army to tackle Pakistani Muslims. “If I get the army to follow my orders, I can create miracles. Just give me one month and I will set everything straight,” he said.

Thackeray in the second part of an interview published in the Sena mouthpiece Saamna warned ‘communal Muslims’, including those from Pakistan, saying that he would act against them if instigated.

“The Azad Maidan violence was clearly pre-planned. If I am incited none of the communal Muslims including those from Pakistan and Bangladesh will remain in Maharashtra,” he said.

He said that once he gives the go-ahead, all Shiv sainiks across the country, including Jammu and Kashmir, would do the needful.

Thackeray added that Shiv Sena’s army of ‘sainiks’ (soldiers) was an ‘unarmed army’ with a saffron flag. “My Sena army only has a saffron flag, but still people fear them,” he said.

Referring to the Azad Maidan violence, Thackeray questioned the roles of former Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik and home minister RR Patil in the incident. “Many newspapers said that he did not take effective decisions and even let people off. Others said he did not have orders. But this is just a way to pass the buck onto someone else. After this does Patil deserve to be the home minister?” he said.

Thackeray also took potshots at the Bihar DG who wrote to the Mumbai police asking them to follow rules while arresting criminals.

“There is no need to give advice to the Maharashtra police force. If you do not want us to enter your state and arrest terrorists, then make sure they do not enter our state and start riots,” said Thackeray.

 


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