Mumbai, Apr 4 UNI | 4 months ago

Maharashtra BJP spokeperson Madhav Bhandari today alleged that the clash between Shiv Sena and MNS activists outside collector's office in south Mumbai was the 'handiwork' of the Congress and NCP.

Addressing a news conference here, he claimed that the NCP-Congress are responsible for the clash between the two groups yesterday.

He alleged that it was a conspiracy by Congress and NCP with a view to get support for their candidate and said the NCP supported the Congress by putting pressure on police force.

Mr Bhandari criticised Congress-led governments, both at the Centre and in State, for having failed to resolve the Naxal issue.

He alleged that Congress speaks bad about Naxalites in public but in fact it was encouraging their activities. He claimed that senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh has personal relations with Naxalites and said it is seeking their support for coming Lok Sabha elections. In return, he alleged that the Congress-led government will lax security in Naxal areas and will also take their advice about the candidate in the constituency.

Mr Bhandari demanded an explanation from Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi regarding the Naxalite issue.

He also demanded that the Election Commission take action against those Congress leaders who are involved in this issue.

Talking about the Naxal activities in Maharashtra, Mr Bhandari blamed home minister R R Patil, who is also the guardian minister of Gadchiroli district, for having failed to solve the issue.

The state goes to poll in three phases -- April 10, April 17, April 24.

(Posted on 05-04-2014)