The Shiv Sena and MNS tirades prompted Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil to issue a stern warning to both parties and ask for legal opinion on what action could be taken against the leaders for making provocative statements. Patil spoke to Sayli Udas-Mankikar.
What is the government doing when the Shiv Sena are openly threatening those who don’t agree with them?
There is no need for anybody to feel unsafe. This time, I will see who dares to disrupt law and order. We have had enough of this childish behaviour from these parties (Shiv Sena and MNS). There is a limit to tolerance. Bahut ho gaya (enough is enough).
What exactly is the government doing?
...We have ensured police presence and taken action against those involved. We have even arrested some people previously (Raj Thackeray). Unfortunately, we do not have acts where we can take pre-emptive action. In the case of movies like My Name is Khan, we will ensure police protection in the halls. There will be arrests if anybody tries to disrupt the screening.
Is the government serious?
In the past 15 days, we have been monitoring who is saying what. I have asked the state legal department, DGP and advocate -general to asses both print and visual material that led to controversy. We will then see which laws were breached and what action can be taken.