Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan on Wednesday demanded dismissal of Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra and trial of MNS leader Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on charges of murder and sedition in view of MNS' anti-north Indian campaign.
"If a warning has not yet been issued to Maharashtra government under Article 355, there is no need for it any more and Vilasrao Deshmukh government must be dismissed forthwith," Paswan, president of Lok Janashakti Party (LJP), told reporters here.
Alleging that north-Indians were being attacked as part of 'deep rooted conspiracy', Paswan said Maharastra Navanirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray and his uncle Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray must be tried on charges of murder and sedition.
Pressing his point, Paswan said barely a day after a youth from Patna Rahul Raj was shot dead by Maharashtra police, who were reluctant to pull the trigger against MNS mobs brutalising helpless Biharis, a youth from Uttar Pradesh Dharamdev Rai was beaten to death in a train by 'divisive forces trying to reap political benefit by fomenting regionalism'.
Paswan, who was speaking after visiting Rahul Raj's family here, said an all-party delegation had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demanded a judicial inquiry into the killing by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court or a High Court.
"It is unfortunate that the Maharashtra government is getting the incident probed by the chief secretary. The LJP rejects this probe and will settle for nothing less than a judicial inquiry," he said.