The Union home ministry has apparently asked the state government to rein in leaders — such as Raj Thackeray — who make inflammatory statements to create a divide on regional lines.
Sources in the union government said the home ministry has sent an advisory to the state, in which it has also asked the government to prevent any untoward incidents that could occur as a result of such provocative statements.
When contacted on Tuesday, union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who hails from Maharashtra, did not deny or confirm the development. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan could not be reached for comment despite several requests to his office since Monday. Maharashtra chief secretary JK Banthia did not respond to our calls and text messages.
Sources said the union home ministry was concerned because of the violence in the north-east, which spread to other states.
In Mumbai, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray triggered a fresh row after the August 11 Azad Maidan violence when he declared on August 31 that he would oust migrants from Bihar in the state, after reports of a letter written by the Bihar chief secretary, Navin Kumar, warning Mumbai police not to pick up suspects without informing the Bihar police.
Bihar, Mumbai police on good terms: RR
Home minister RR Patil on Tuesday said that the relationship between the two police departments — Bihar and Mumbai — has always been cordial and that the arrest of an Azad Maidan violence from Bihar was being politicised. “The political mudslinging on this issue needs to stop,” Patil said.
He denied receiving any advisory from the Centre asking to protect migrants in Maharashtra, following MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s speech. “ Everyone is 100% safe in Maharashtra and there is no such advisory.” he said.