Mumbai : Even after NCP chief Sharad Pawar requested that the row over the Maharashtra Bhushan award being conferred to noted historian Babasaheb Purandare be ended, the fight between the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and NCP continues on the city’s streets.
On Wednesday, MNS workers burnt an effigy of Pawar a day after their party president, Raj Thackeray, accused the Maratha strongman of indulging in “dirty politics” over the state government’s decision to confer the Maharashtra Bhushan award to Purandare.
In the morning, the MNS workers gathered near the Bharatmata Junction at Lalbaug and started shouting slogans.
MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar said that NCP workers had already burned Raj Thackeray’s effigy on Tuesday immediately after Thackeray leveled accusations at Pawar. “We are just replying to the party and their dirty politics,” he said.
Meanwhile, police took into custody female members of the ‘Jijau Brigade’ outfit after they tried to barge into the official residence of state education minister Vinod Tawde in South Mumbai, protesting against the government’s decision to confer the award to Purandare.
In the evening, the Lalbaugh experience led to another drama, created by the NCP against MNS. NCP activists protested against the MNS and Raj Thackeray. Uma Bhaskaran, the president of the NCP’s women’s wing, blackened Raj Thackeray’s photo near the MNS office at Lalbaugh and also burnt the same. “If MNS can burn an effigy of our leader, then why can’t we burn the MNS leader’s photo?” NCP Mumbai chief Sachin Ahir asked.
Protestors lock selves in Tawde’s bungalow
Women activists of Jijau Brigade adopted a novel way to protest against the government’s decision to confer the Maharashtra Bhushan award to Babasaheb Purandare —about 20 female activists went inside cultural minister Vinod Tawde’s bungalow and locked themselves in. Tawde was not in the bungalow and the women, demanding a visit with him, locked themselves inside. The police later brought them out.