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Maha govt to oppose visa to 'Shivaji' author
July 18, 2007 18:06 IST
"I will personally write to the External Affairs Minister (Pranab Mukherjee) asking that Laine should not be granted a visa if he applies for one. I am aware that this would hurt the sentiments of the people of Maharashtra," Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh told the legislative council in Mumbai.
Deshmukh was replying to a question by Sanjay Dutt [Images] during Question Hour on Wednesday. Laine, who authored the controversial book Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India has in the past expressed a desire to come to Maharashtra.