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Ranchi/Mumbai: Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh asked people not to attach much importance to what the ‘trivial’ Thackerays say, accusing the family members of fighting among themselves to strengthen their political base in Maharashtra.


“Don’t attach much importance to what they say. It is their family problem to strengthen their (respective) political base,” the former Maharashtra Chief Minister said, when asked to respond to Bal Thackeray and Raj Thackeray’s alleged anti-North Indian stance.


“It reflects how low their (the Thackerays’) thoughts are, and the whole thing gets aggravated when TV channels keep playing one or two incidents repeatedly,” Deshmukh said.


'International cosmopolitan city'

Asserting that Mumbai is an international cosmopolitan city and there is no problem for anybody whatsoever, he said the name ‘Maharashtra’ signifies a state having a large heart (Maha Rashtra) and that the “trivial opinion of a handful of people should be ignored with disdain“.


On Mr. Bal Thackeray’s controversial comments in the Shiv Sena mouth piece ‘Saamna’, Deshmukh said a number of petitions have been pending before different courts against his articles.


“Though freedom of press is there, write-ups should be within the legally prescribed limits. And several cases are pending against it (Saamna)” he said.


'Scrap Sena's Registeration'

Meanwhile, terming Shiv Sena’s agitation over the non-Maharashtrian issue as “unconstitutional”, Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane on Friday asked Election Commission to cancel registration of the party.


“Shiv Sena has raised the issue of non-Maharashtrians from Mumbai which is completely contrary to its own constitution and laws of the country. I request you to cancel their registration,” Rane said in a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner.


Sena was recognised as a State political party by accepting certain rules and constitution, Rane said, adding they have agreed to the ideology of democracy and belief that all citizens should be equal before the law.


“It was stated that they believe in common civil code for all citizens irrespective of their caste, creed, religion, language,” the Minister said.


However, the party should now make it clear if they still believe in national integrity by raising the issue of non-Maharashtrians, Rane said.


“The Commission should ask Sena to file an affidavit stating they believe in national integration,” he added.







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