Sharad Pawar asks party workers not to oppose Raj's city visit

Mar 04, 2013, 01:37 IST | A Correspondent

Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar has instructed his party workers not to prevent Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray from entering the city.

Thackeray, who is on a month-long state tour, is scheduled to visit the city on March7. Rajya Sabha MP and NCP city president, Vandana Chavan, yesterday issued a press release announcing that party workers would not create any law and order problem and would stick to the instructions given out by the party president and other senior leaders in this regard.

Tour and trouble: MNS chief Raj Thackeray, who is on a month-long state tour, is scheduled to visit the city on March 7. File Pic

Chavan stated that the party believes in democracy and that the Constitution, which gives every citizen the right to move anywhere in the country. She appealed to party workers to maintain restrain and not prevent Thackeray from entering Pune.

Condemning the MNS and Thackeray’s language, she said that NCP was a cultured party, which always worked at the grass roots level. Chavan said that some of the party leaders were annoyed after Thackeray made some comments against deputy CM Ajit Pawar. “Out of anger they had announced that they would not allow Thackeray to enter the city,” she stated.

Simmering tension
On Tuesday night, NCP workers pelted stones at Thackeray’s convoy in Ahmednagar to express their displeasure over his statements of Ajit Pawar. Consequently, on the same night MNS workers attacked an NCP office in the city. To condemn this attack, the city wing of the NCP held a protest rally in front of the party office in Shukrawar Peth, where NCP City Spokesperson Ankush Kakade declared that party would not allow Thackeray to enter the city. 

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