The state Congress has asked the government to take legal action against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray for fanning sentiments over regional issues, violating law and order and threatening television channels.
State Congress President Manikrao Thakre, who had so far maintained silence on the issues related to Thackeray, wrote to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and home minister RR Patil on Friday in this regard. He asked them to look at legal options under which Thackeray could be booked.
Thakre said the MNS chief’s ways of triggering violence by making provocative speeches had to be dealt with.
“He took out a morcha to Azad Maidan in violation of the rules and then threatened a television channel over a music show which had Pakistani singers.” He said the way Thackeray stopped certain protests also had to be probed.
In a statement on Friday, the party’s four spokespersons criticised Thackeray’s flip-flops. They said the MNS chief stood exposed in the eyes of the public because he changed his stand on a television show and agitation against toll collection.