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Shiv Sena-BJP ask for immediate action
July 09, 2006 16:15 IST
The Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party combine warned the Maharashtra government on Sunday that it would not allow the legislature to function unless those involved in desecrating a bust of Sena chief Bal Thackeray's late wife were brought to book in the next 24 hours.
Addressing a press conference, Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray and BJP leader Gopinath Munde said the alliance will raise the issue in the legislature on Monday.
"The government cannot be a mute spectator to such incidents and buckle under pressure from a handful of people. It should take strong action against such elements who intend to cause disaffection in society," Munde said.
Munde warned that unless those who desecrated the bust of Meenatai Thackeray were apprehended within 24 hours, the Shiv Sena and BJP would not let the legislature function.
Earlier, Uddhav Thackeray condemned the incident and denied the Sena had incited its cadres for the violence that erupted followed the desecration. "It was a spontaneous reaction by the Sainiks," he said.