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IJP to petition EC and SC against Thackerays

Indian Justice Party (IJP) would petition the Election Commission or the Supreme Court seeking de-recognition of Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) as political parties.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2010 20:56 IST
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Indian Justice Party (IJP) would petition the Election Commission or the Supreme Court seeking de-recognition of Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) as political parties.

IJP president and the chairman of the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations, Dr Udit Raj said this at a press conference here on Friday and added: "Bal and Raj Thackeray are playing divisive politics which is akin to 'Talibanism'. They are more harmful to the country and its people than foreign terror organizations. They are out to make Indians fight against Indians."

He said that tough it was already late, but if they were not checked even now than it would be Bhindrawala-Akali Dal-Khalilstan kind of situation in Maharashtra as it was in Punjab once. "To neutralize Akali Dal, the government allowed Bhindrawala to raise head and situation turned so worse that they had almost succeeded in creating Khalistan. When situation turned grip then government woke up to take tough act. Similarly, to counteract, Bal Thackeray-Shiv Sena, the governments allowed Raj Thackeray- MNS to grow and now both are spewing venom. So much so that one even went up to the extent of making Maharashtra a separate country," he explained.

Udit Raj said that he would meet the chief election commissioner on Monday and if the demand to disband the Shiv Sena and the MNS were not met, then the party would file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court.

He even charged media for making the Thackerays even more audacious. "To boost TRPs and circulation, the electronic and print media over sensationalizing it. I believe, if the media instead downplays instead of overplaying their act of violence and vandalism and their hate speeches, then they would get discouraged.'

Udit said: "Maharashtra is not the private property of the Baap (father) of Bal or Raj and they should not be allowed to project it so."

The day before Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader, Promod Tiwari in even harsher tones said: "Buddha paagal ho gaya hai (the old man-Bal Thackeray has gone mad). Maharashtra is not private land of Bal or Raj. If they do not check themselves, they would be checked. He warned."