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Now, it’s Bal Thackeray’s turn to rail against Biharis
Ganesh Kanate/Shubhangi Khapre
Thursday, March 06, 2008  09:38 IST

Chief Minister says state government is seeking legal opinion

MUMBAI: Chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh announced on Wednesday in New Delhi that his government is seeking legal opinion on whether action can be initiated against Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray and party MP Sanjay Raut, editor and executive editor, respectively, of party organ Saamna, for publishing an allegedly inflammatory editorial.

The strongly worded editorial titled Ek Bihar, Sau Bimaar railed against the people of Bihar in general and members of Parliament from the state in particular. The editorial caused a ruckus in New Delhi. The matter was raised in the Lok Sabha with MPs from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh objecting to Thackeray’s remarks and those of his nephew Raj.

Deshmukh met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to apprise her of developments in the state following the anti-North Indian campaign unleashed by the MNS and Shiv Sena.

The meeting assumed significance as dissidents within the party have given a memorandum to 10 Janpath arguing that the government is soft-peddling on the Sena and MNS.

Sonia upset: But a party source said Sonia blasted both Deshmukh and revenue minister Narayan Rane for indulging in petty politics instead of addressing state matters.  

Later, the chief minister, facing a hostile media, asserted that his administration was not failing in its duties. “I don’t have to take lessons on how to run the government,” he retorted when he was asked repeatedly why Thackeray was not arrested.

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