As the stand-off between Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Government continues ahead of tomorrow’s release of Shah Rukh Khan—starrer ‘My Name is Khan’, the Sena on Thursday claimed the state government prevented a meeting between party chief Bal Thackeray and the actor.

“Khan had expressed willingness to meet Thackeray after his US trip to resolve the issue. However, the ruling Congress-NCP combine foiled the bid, saying the government was capable of tackling the Shiv Sainiks,” Shiv Sena said in the party mouthpiece Saamana.

“SRK has now declared in Abu Dhabi that he would be meeting Thackeray to ensure smooth release of his film in Maharashtra,” the newspaper said.

Meanwhile, in an editorial titled ‘My Name is Ashok Khan’, Saamana flayed Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, saying he was siding with Khan, “a Pakistan lover”, to retain his chief ministerial chair.

“Produce a film ‘My Name is Kasab’ and hand over the nationalist youth opposing it, to Pakistan. Ashok Khan, we are sure you will do it,” the editorial said.