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Sena oppose ordinance holding parties responsible for violence

india Updated: Oct 24, 2008 20:54 IST

Shiv Sena on Friday said that it will oppose the ordinance promulgated by the Maharashtra government making it mandatory of perpetrators of violence during agitations to compensate for the damages.

Party spokesperson Neelam Gorhe told a press meet in Mumbai that the ordinance would be challenged during the winter session of the legislature. Besides, the ordinance would not stand in the court of law.

The Maharashtra cabinet had approved the ordinance after the MNS workers took on the streets of Maharashtra.

"We are seeking legal opinion on how to oppose the ordinance. We have not yet decided whether to move the court," she added.

Gorhe said it was important to ascertain why agitations take violent turn.

"If youth in rural areas resort to violent agitation because of power shortage, it is the government who is responsible. The youth cant study and hence are unable to appear for railway board exams," she added.

The ordinance should have been promulgated when fundamentalists killed two policemen and indulged in arson and rioting in Bhiwandi last year to protest against construction of a police station.

She asked if the harrassed farmers hold violent demonstrations to protest against the government's failures, will the debt ridden farmers be penalised.

An editorial in Saamna, Shiv Sena's mouthpiece said Mumbai became a part of Maharashtra only because there were violent demonstrations.