Maharashtra: Shiv Sena demands home ministry

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said the important Home Ministry needed a dedicated minister

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 4, 2016 2:47 am
Both sides remained tightlipped about the purpose of the meeting leading to speculation over the reason for the rapprochement. Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray. (File Photo)

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said the important Home Ministry needed a dedicated minister and reiterated the party’s claim on it.

“There is discontent among people over the death of a constable (beaten to death). There needs to be strict implementation of law and order. It is people’s demand that there should be a dedicated minister for home. The load of other ministries on the chief minister is huge. He is a capable person but if, because of his huge workload, he is not able to handle the home ministry then you need a dedicated minister,” Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said.

The Sena has since the formation of the present government, been hankering for the home ministry. Thackeray also took on NCP president Sharad Pawar for what he claimed was the senior politician’s doublespeak on the Atrocity Act.

There has been rising demands from the Maratha community for withdrawal of the Atrocity Act which it feels is being used to target the community. Thackeray said his party was sympathetic to demands of the Maratha community. He said the rallies the community had been organising across the state were a way of expressing their angst and the state should assuage their feelings before their discontent erupted into a mass agitation. “Marathas know Pawar’s strategy. Pawar should clear his stand. He wants to be in the good books of two social groups at the same time,” Thackeray said.