The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday officially requested its workers to stop protests in the state following the attack on party chief and Union minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday.
Pawar was slapped by a youth, Harvinder Singh, while he was exiting from a public function in New Delhi.
Maharashtra NCP chief Madhukar Pichad in a public statement apologised to the people for bearing the brunt of protests and roadblocks created by his party workers.
“He is a leader of national stature and leaders across political parties have kept their political differences aside and condemned this act. The reactions coming from this incident have only proved his greatness as a leader,” Pichad said.
He appealed to the workers on behalf of the party and its senior leaders to respect this thought and stop all agitations.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna, in its editorial, which is considered as the views of its editor and Sena chief Bal Thackeray, strongly condemned the incident and demanded action against the man who attacked Pawar.
“Pawar has been in politics for the past 50 years. We might have political differences but such an attack has to be condemned,” the editorial said.
Coming down heavily on attackers like Singh, the editorial added that such ‘alcoholics and eccentrics’ should be controlled, as they can go anywhere and attack anyone. The editorial also suggests that this act might be instigated by someone. “Why did Harvinder Singh only target Pawar? The Delhi police should find this out,” it says.