To root out Pakistan-sponsored terror, give me charge of Army, says Sena chief

Issuing a stern warning to extremist elements in the wake of the August 11 rioting near Azad Maidan here, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said he would not tolerate Muslims from Pakistan and Bangladesh inside Maharashtra.

The Shiv Sena is firm on not letting cricket relations resume with Pakistan, he said in an interview in his party mouthpiece Saamna.

Mr. Thackeray’s solution to root out Pakistan-sponsored terror is that he be given charge of the Indian Army.

The Sena leader also lashed out at Bihar’s politicians, asking them to nip rioters in the bud if they did not want the Maharashtra police to nab riot-mongers from their State.

A slanging match occurred between Bihar politicians and the Thackeray cousins — Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj and Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav — after the Bihar administration took offence at the Mumbai Crime Branch arresting an alleged Azad Maidan rioter from Sitamarhi district.

Lauding his estranged nephew, Raj’s efforts at mobilising a rally to condemn the Azad Maidan rioting, Mr. Thackeray said only his household reacted to the August 11 incident. “While Raj took out a massive rally, Uddhav unravelled the truth behind the rioting,” said the Sena chief.