Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray led a delegation of Shiv Sena leaders to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to call for an early resolution to the Maratha conflict and the need to convene an assembly session immediately.
“The state legislature should pass an unanimous resolution over the issue and send it to the centre. A delegation led by Uddhavji met the CM in this regard today,” Industries Minister Subhash Desai said.
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The party is seeking to discuss reservations for Marathas and reviewing certain aspects of the Atrocity Act.
Meanwhile, a cartoon that appeared Saamana, the Shiv Sena mouthpiece, lampooning silent marches taken out by the Maratha community generated a backlash and even Shiv Sena’s elected representatives complained to the party.
The party’s newspaper office was attacked by members of a Maratha organisation.
The cartoon shows a male protester kissing a female, which riled the Maratha community.
The silent march was to press for various demands for the community, and also followed the rape and murder of a girl belonging to the community.
Looking at hostility the cartoon generated, the Sena has gone all out to assuage feelings of Marathas including an apology by the cartoonist.
Political opponents of the Sena demanded that the Sena should apologise.