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Apprise PM of Marathis' plight: Sena to Cong

November 12, 2008 02:23 IST

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray [Images] has asked Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh to put forward the issues of poor representation of Marathi people in Central jobs and the burden on city's infrastructure due to increasing migration.

"If you are going to put forth these issues before the Prime Minister, only then my party will cooperate with you," Thackeray said on the eve of an all-party meeting convened by Deshmukh on Wednesday.

An all-party delegation led by the Chief Minister is slated to meet Governor S C Jamir on Wednesday to convey feelings of people of Maharashtra who have been hurt by campaign against Marathi people in the backdrop of MNS-led agitation against north Indians.

Deshmukh convened an all-party meet in Mumbai on the issue. However, key opposition parties, the Shiv Sena and BJP, boycotted it, prompting the government to arrange a similar meeting here tomorrow. However, MNS has not been invited for the meeting.

"If you would be using the meetings to show how everything is well on the law and order front, we will oppose it," the Sena chief said.

Deshmukh, facing heat from the Centre over the law and order situation in the backdrop of the MNS stir and killing of a Bihari youth in an encounter, has announced that he would be leading an all-party team to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] and apprise him of the situation in the state.                                            


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