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Uddhav calls Fadnavis government ‘useless’, demands full-time Home minister for Maharashtra

Thackeray said that the law and order situation in the state is worse than Bihar.

mumbai Updated: Apr 26, 2018 09:45 IST
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Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis (left) with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray (right)
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis (left) with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray (right)

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday lashed out at the Devendra Fadnavis-government in Maharashtra, and called it ‘useless’.

Demanding a full-time home minister for the state, he slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) government over the law and order situation in the state after two Sena leaders were murdered in Ahmednagar district.

Fadnavis also holds the home portfolio.

The Sena chief, who visited the families of the two Sena leaders in Ahmednagar on Wednesday, said his party had been demanding a full-time home minister in the state. Speaking to reporters in Ahmednagar, Thackeray said, “I understand that the chief minister is busy with his development work, so he would not have time for the complaints of the people. We have been demanding a full-time home minister for long.”

Sanjay Kotkar, deputy chief of Shiv Sena in Ahmednagar, and Vasant Thube, a party leader, were killed after being shot and attacked with sharp weapons on April 7. Nine people have been booked in connection with the murders. They include a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA and a Congress corporator. “The Fadnavis-led government is useless; the situation in Maharashtra is worse than Bihar. The state needs a full-time home minister,” Thackeray added. He added that an “independent inquiry” should be carried out in the case.

Thackeray demanded that the accused should be given a death penalty. “The state should appoint Ujjwal Nikam as the prosecutor in the case. I have personally spoken to Nikam regarding this.” He added that whichever party the accused may belong to, they should be given the strictest punishment.

The Sena chief demanded that the BJP “put an end to hooliganism”. He said if the BJP “follows the mantra of inducting criminals in the party to wrest power, there will be no ‘acche din’ in the country and the state”.

He handed over a cheque of Rs15.50 lakh each to the two families of the victims.