Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has responded to the Shiv Sena’s threats in the latter’s language.
Chavan on Thursday said Congress workers would take to the streets if the Sena did not stop insulting their leaders.
The comment comes on the eve of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Mumbai.
Chavan, who was addressing Congress workers at Vashi, said: “The opposition has stooped very low. We are proud of our leaders who are from a family, which has a tradition of making sacrifices for the country. Congress workers are not going to tolerate this. They will take to the streets and give a fitting reply. We have a history of agitating against disrespect to our leaders.”
He has also warned of strict action by the government against those who act against the Constitution.
The Opposition took this as a chance to criticise Chavan.
“It is unfortunate,” said Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Eknath Khadse. “Chavan should not have forgotten that he is the chief minister and has constitutional responsibility. These kind of threats are not given by the head of a state.”
Khadse said Chavan could use legal means to counter the Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) if he was offended by their remarks.
“We advise him to behave as chief minister and not a worker of the Congress party,” Khadse added.
Chavan had earlier said: “The Shiv Sena and MNS are raising non-issues instead of sitting in the opposition. They are acting as if they know all and we are fools. They should realise that people have re-elected us because we have solved their problems.”
Referring to Sena’s attacks on famous personalities, Chavan said, “An internationally renowned player like Sachin Tendulkar has said that though he is a Maharashtrian, he plays for India. Mukesh Ambani has said Mumbai is for everyone. Now they are after Sachin, Mukesh and Shah Rukh Khan.”