Raj Thackeray takes up caste violence issue with CM

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2014 16:22 IST

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray took a break from his statewide tour to meet chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and put forth his demands.

During the 25-minute meeting on Sunday, Raj asked Fadnavis to take urgent steps to catch those who murdered a Dalit family at Ahmednagar, boost the morale of the police personnel investigating such cases and increase the remuneration given to sugarcane farmers in the state.

Raj said there were four main points that were discussed in the meeting. “There is a need to boost the morale of policemen who investigate cases of caste violence. When the police take action, they also become targets and this only results in a low rate of conviction,” he said.

On Saturday, Raj visited Javkheda village in Ahmednagar to get a first-hand account of the incident that occurred on October 20. Raj demanded special fast-track courts be constituted to tackle such crimes.

He also demanded Rs 3,000 per quintal for sugarcane growers and the appointment of a Nashik municipal commissioner, where his party is in power.

In addition, Raj also sought time from Fadnavis to allow him to give a detailed presentation on how tourism can be boosted in the state.

“Fadnavis assured me he will give me time by the end of the month,” said Raj.

The MNS chief is on a statewide tour to revive his party, which secured just one seat in the assembly elections. He is meeting with local party office bearers and taking their feedback on ways the party can get back on track.

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