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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

MNS-NCP row turns violent

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 27, 2013
First Published: 03:36 IST(27/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:10 IST(28/2/2013)

Tension prevailed in several parts of the state on Wednesday after MNS workers staged violent protests against the NCP in response to stones being thrown on MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s convoy at Ahmednagar late on Tuesday.

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The NCP has denied the MNS’ allegation that its workers are behind the stone-throwing incident.

In Mumbai, the police arrested MNS legislator Ram Kadam and more than 20 party workers for violence in different areas.

Across the state, MNS workers burnt effigies of deputy CM Ajit Pawar, vandalised NCP offices and damaged vehicles. They also enforced a bandh in Ambernath, Badlapur and Titwala.

Though state NCP president Madhukar Pichad asked party workers to restrain themselves, Ajit Pawar said his party would give a fitting reply “if anybody resorts to theatrics”.

Stones were thrown at Raj’s convoy in Ahmednagar a day after he criticised Ajit Pawar and taunted him for living off his uncle, NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

Late on Wednesday, the MNS asked its workers to end their protests.

MNS legislator Nitin Sardesai said: “Their [the party workers’] action was justified, but as the state is facing drought and students have exams, we appeal to party workers to stop.”

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