Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Sunday and submitted a list of demands, including improved policing and increased remuneration to sugarcane farmers in the state. He has also sought a probe into the murder of three Dalit villagers in Ahmednagar district. Thackeray also made a request to the CM to watch a presentation that he has made on improving tourism in the state.
“I spoke to him on four primary issues, one of which was the urgent need to improve the morale of the police and how we could improve the conviction rate in the state. There is an urgent need to give support to policemen as many a times they get cases slapped against them in spite of working hard on cracking cases,” Thackeray said after his meeting with the CM that lasted for half an hour.
The MNS chief is said to have asked the CM to ensure a swift probe into the murder of three members of a Dalit family in Javkhede village of Ahmednagar district. He had visited the village on Saturday. Mutilated bodies of the three villagers were found in the village last month. The district has seen a spate of caste-related crimes in the past year.
Thackeray also asked the CM to give him an appointment when he could show his presentation on improving tourism in the state.
He is one of the first leaders from the Opposition who has been given time by the CM till now. After losing the polls, the MNS leader has been trying hard to rejuvenate his party. He has already kicked off a fortnight-long outreach programme, which will see him visit Kalyan, Dombivali, Nashik, Aurangabad and Pimpri-Chinchwad.
The MNS was expected to get electoral returns from these areas, but all the candidates put up by the party lost. Thackeray will be taking a review of these constituencies and also try to placate disgruntled party leaders and workers.