NCP leaders say it's nothing major

Feb 28, 2013, 06:59 IST | A Correspondent

Though MNS workers bragged about vandalising Sharad Pawar-led party's office at BMC HQ, its leaders did not own up; NCP said it won't file a police complaint

It appears the NCP-MNS clash is confined to the lower rungs of the parties. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters was on Wednesday morning abuzz with news of MNS activists allegedly ransacking the NCP office on the first floor of the BMC building. By evening though, the MNS and NCP corporators, whom everyone expected to be at loggerheads, were seen chatting.

Police officials at the NCP office at BMC HQ yesterday, after MNS workers allegedly ransacked it

After news of Raj Thackeray’s convoy being pelted with stones on Tuesday made headlines, the MNS activists on Wednesday allegedly attacked the NCP office. However, no one from the NCP registered a complaint neither did they name any party. Nor did the MNS own up to the attack on the NCP office.

However, according to sources in the BMC, some MNS workers allegedly entered the NCP office in the morning. They first tried damaging posters of politicians, but except for Sharad Pawar’s, most were laminated and couldn’t be marred. Activists then redirected their ire and picked up an inkpot and splashed its contents in the air and the floor.

NCP group leader Dhananjay Pisal observed restraint while commenting on the issue. “There was nothing major that happened, and we are not registering any complaint,” he said. But in the afternoon, policemen were spotted outside the MNS office on the same floor. MNS group leader Dilip Lande had the same thing to say. “No complaint has been registered by anyone. It is difficult to identify the party the people (indulging in violence) belonged to. With no complaint lodged, substantiating the event is also difficult.”

According to reports, the NCP cadre is upset with MNS chief Raj Thackeray after some of his comments against the deputy chief minister, NCP veteran Ajit Pawar. An MNS corporator told MiD DAY, “They attacked our leader’s convoy. How can we stay calm? This is a message that no one can do anything to our leader, or else we would teach them a lesson MNS-style.”

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