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Maharashtra to appeal against HC ban

Maharashtra government will file an appeal against High Court's order lifting ban on James Laine's controversial book on Shivaji, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.

lucknow Updated: Apr 27, 2007 22:23 IST
Umesh Raghuvanshi


The Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh on Friday said his government would soon file either a review petition or an appeal in the Supreme Court against Thursday's order of Maharashtra High Court striking down the notification banning the James Laine's controversial book Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India.

Deshmukh was talking to reporters at the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) headquarters in Lucknow on Friday. "We are seeking legal opinion on the issue. A review petition in High Court or an appeal in the Supreme Court would be filed soon," said Deshmukh while replying to a question. Deshmukh was in Lucnow after campaigning for Congress candidates at Mirzapur and Jaunpur .

Deshmukh said a large number of people from these districts were settled in Maharashtra. "We have urged them to come to UP to vote for Congress candidates," he said adding a considerable number of people from Maharashtra were present at his public meetings at Jaunpur today. UP people had equally contributed for the development of Maharashtra.

"No one is insecure in Maharashtra," he said. Everybody was free to come to Maharashtra as Constitution allowed free movement of people from one state to other, he said. Deshmukh refused to comment on Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav's allegations that UP's law and order was better than that of Maharashtra.

"I don't want to talk of Maharashtra in UP," he said adding that a number of Mulayam Singh Yadav's friends too were there in Maharashtra. Replying to a question Deshmukh said an inquiry was being conducted against super star Amitabh Bachchan claiming himself to be a farmer. "We have opened up the case. He will have to show records," said Deshmukh.

Deshmukh lauded the Congress MP Rahul Gandhi for his campaign in different parts of the state. Rahul's campaign would lead to revival of the Congress, he said adding that the situation has turned in favour of Congress. "There is a wave in favour of Congress," he said adding that the people were impressed by Rahul Gandhi's assertions that he was there to play a long inning in UP.

Deshmukh flayed the UP Minister for Urban Development for his indecent remarks against Rahul Gandhi and said leaders of various political parties should only use un-parliamentary language while campaigning. He parried a question about induction of north India leaders in his minister. "I know how to form the ministry better than you," said Deshmukh adding he was heading a coalition government in Maharashtra.