Opposition slams CM Fadnavis for truce between MNS and ADHM producers

Calling his action “unconstitutional”, the Opposition said it is for the Centre to decide if Pakistani artistes should be banned and the state government’s responsibility is to ensure the rule of law.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: October 23, 2016 3:58 am
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As the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena claimed victory following the compromise struck with the makers of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, the Opposition attacked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the BJP for “brokering a deal”.

The Congress called the meeting between MNS chief Raj Thackeray and filmmaker Karan Johar at the Chief Minister’s official residence on Saturday morning as “unconstitutional”. The NCP said that the “settlement struck with the help of the CM” was an insult to the Army soldiers killed in the Uri attack.

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“The Chief Minister is responsible for maintaining law and order in the state. But he has shown that he is incapable of observing law and order by bowing to the whims of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. In fact, he has set a bad example by making others submit to them too,” said Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant.

The Congress said the issue of banning the entry of Pakistani actors and artistes in the country was a subject of the central government. “It does not fall within the ambit of the state government. The state’s responsibility is limited to providing law and order,” Sawant said. “The Chief Minister was not only a witness to an unconstitutional meeting, but he promoted it further,” he said.

The Congress reminded Fadnavis that former Congress minister Ashok Chavan hadn’t given in to the Shiv Sena, which had similarly threatened to block the Shahrukh Khan starrer My Name is Khan in 2010.

NCP national spokesperson and former Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik too hit out at the Chief Minister, and suggested that there was “tacit understanding” between the BJP and MNS.

“The MNS target even for Lok Sabha polls (in 2014) was to hand BJP a victory at the cost of the Shiv Sena in the state,” Malik said, indicating that Saturday’s meeting had a bigger political script to it.

In a veiled dig at the Shiv Sena ahead of the crucial Mumbai municipality polls, Malik said, “The BJP controls MNS’s engine (the MNS party symbol is an engine). It fuels it when required, and then applies brakes to it when necessary.” In the previous two civic polls held in 2007 and 2012 in Mumbai, the MNS had significantly dented the Shiv Sena votebank.

Both the Congress and the NCP said the MNS had a history of going back on issues it rakes up. “They (MNS) never take the matter to a logical conclusion. After raking up an issue for electoral gains, they either leave it midway or settle for a compromise.”

Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi too criticised the MNS over its repeated flip-flops.

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    Rishi
    Oct 22, 2016 at 8:50 pm
    As far as stan sends terrorists we should hold all bans. Including flights. lt;br/gt;India will not loose much on a total ban. lt;br/gt;Modi went the extra mile to improve relations. In return we got pathankot / uri etc. lt;br/gt;So best is to now remove stan from our spectrum. Reduce the diplomatic levels to 3Rd secretary. Visa given to family illnesses/emergencies only. Better to call s spade a spade.
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      Puni
      Oct 23, 2016 at 3:10 am
      MNS caves in...why, do they now suddenly not care for the nation?, now they have to prove their love for nation, we all public will boycott the three films to show our love for our country. JAI HIND.
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        SubbuI
        Oct 23, 2016 at 1:53 am
        IRRESPECTVE OF WETHER ONE AGREE TO DIVISIVE POLICY OF MNS WHAT RAJ TAKERE HAS DONE IS PERFECT.THESE KARAN JOHAR, MUKESH BHAT AND OTHER GREEDY PRODUCERS CAST STHAN ACTORS FOR ENHANCING BOX OFFICE COLLECTION ONLY NOT THAT THEY ARE BETTER ACTORS THAN OUR INDIAN TALENTS. THE AMOUNT FOR ALL THESE PRODUCERS MUST BE MADE 10 CRORES.THESE PUNJABI , MUSLIM AND CROSS BREED PRODUCERS ARE THE ONE WHO ENCOURAGE STHAN ACTORS. lt;br/gt;BUT FADNAVIS HAS NO BUSINESS IN BROKERING THE DEAL AND TRY TO TAKE CREDIT BUT ACTUALLLY DISCREDITED CM POST.THIS RSS FADNAVIS IS VERY OPPURTUNIST TO THE CORE AND AVERY CUNNING FELLOW
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          arun
          Oct 22, 2016 at 7:57 pm
          Qualification to be a Congress party member : One has to be a characterless, shameless like Kabil Sibal, Diggy or Chidu.
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            Brave Heart
            Oct 22, 2016 at 4:12 pm
            Why just 5 crore ? Those soldiers lives are so che.aap ? Should order them to deposit the profits wat so ever it is apart from their investments.
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              anObserver
              Oct 22, 2016 at 4:23 pm
              What has the Central Govt done about the millions of ILLEGAL Bangladeshi, stanis, Afghans living in this country? Nothing. No govt has initiated any action. In fact, the current govt is no different than the Congress. The Center had no business to give off citizenship to a overstaying stani - Adnan Sami or an OCI to Salma Agha. How come these stani actors are working in India? What kind of visas do they have, are they paying income tax to the Indian govt and following our visa rules? The Center is NOT forthcoming.
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                Debjit Mishra
                Oct 22, 2016 at 5:15 pm
                Congress wants cat fight to go on. They don't want people to stop fighting. That's what their catty and doggy leaders on top have thought.
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                  Indian
                  Oct 22, 2016 at 7:35 pm
                  CM should not have dignified MNS.
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