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Following Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik’s transfer,Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday said he will continue to demand the resignation of Home Minister R R Patil over the way the August 11 Azad Maidan violence was handled and that the home ministry should learn a lesson.

Written by Express News Service | Published: August 24, 2012 6:25:53 am

Following Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik’s transfer,Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday said he will continue to demand the resignation of Home Minister R R Patil over the way the August 11 Azad Maidan violence was handled and that the home ministry should learn a lesson.

He had been demanding that both quit their posts.

When asked whether the transfer of Patnaik had given MNS a political edge,Thackeray said,“That is not the case. But this must teach the government a lesson.”

Directly targeting R R Patil he said,“The way he handled the 26/11 attacks,the subsequent terror strikes and the August 11 violence show he is not in a position to efficiently handle the portfolio. He should resign and opt for some other ministry he can manage.”

Indirectly referring to Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar,Thackeray said he should take up the challenge of handling the home ministry.

He further said,“Think about the condition of women police personnel who were targeted during the violence on August 11. The police force waited for orders but their seniors said they were waiting for the green signal from the political masters. I think because of our rally,the morale of the police force has definitely been restored. I will soon be meeting the newly appointed police commissioner Satyapal Singh.”

When asked whether Patnaik was being made a political scapegoat,he said,“That is wrong. We still have not dropped our demand for resignation of R R Patil.”

When Thackeray was asked about the positive comment on his rally in Shiv Sena mouth piece Saamana,he said,“The pressure should be brought in from all the sides.”

Reiterating his claim that illegal immigrants from Bangladesh were in the August 11 violence,he said,“It is ridiculous on the part of cops say that the arrests will be made after a specific festival is over. Those who had come that day must have gone back from where they had come.”

Once again putting forward his pet anti-north Indian stand,Thackeray said that illegal immigrants were coming to Maharashtra via Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

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