With his legislator Ram Kadam, playing a prominent role in bashing up a police official in the Vidhan Bhavan premises, Maharshtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray is out to undo the damage done.
Soon after the incident, Thackeray called up Kadam and gave him a dressing down. “He was upset as public sentiments went against the legislators,” said an MNS leader, on the condition of anonymity.
Thackeray also questioned the logic behind Kadam’s action. “How can you just bash up a policeman when he did not act against you or the party?” is what Thackeray asked him.
Further, he also vented his anger at Bala Nandgaonkar, who heads the party in the assembly. “Raj saheb is angry as the performance of the party is lacklustre and they have nothing to boast,” said the leader.
According to political experts, Thackeray has always been known to support police officials. “He cannot backtrack on his support especially since he knows that the mood of the people is against this incident,” said Prakash Bal, a political commentator.
Last year, Thackeray launched a massive protest march in support of policemen who were beaten up during the violence at Azad Maidan during a rally by Raza Academy.
In case of the Mantralaya incident, Thackeray issued a showcause notice to Kadam and also spoke against the incident. In fact, Thackeray even went against other political parties condemning the breach of privilege motion against the electronic media. “The channels were just doing their job,” Raj had said.
The other prominent legislators, whose name surfaced in the incident in which PSI Sanjay Suryavanshi was beaten up was Kshitij Thakur of Bahujan Vikas Aghadi. Both Kadam and Thakur have been arrested and remanded to judicial custody. The other three legislators were suspended but no police action was taken against them.
However, according to MNS sources, Thackeray cannot afford to expel Kadam from the party as the latter is known for his monetary as well as muscle power.