The Centre on Sunday asked the Maharashtra government to take strong action against groups responsible for the recent happenings in Mumbai, a veiled reference to the Shiv Sena and the MNS in the wake of their campaign against migrants and actor Shah Rukh Khan.

Interjecting Chief Minister Ashok Chavan while he was addressing the Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security here, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said the whole nation wants strong action to be taken against people responsible for recent happenings in Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Sunday said that Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan “intends to deal with the divisive agenda of the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena” in a firm manner.

Briefing journalists after the Chief Ministers’ conference on internal security, the Home Minister expressed confidence that the Maharashtra government would take “firm action” against such divisive forces.

During the conference also, Mr. Chidambaram interjected while Mr. Chavan was making his speech and told the Chief Minister that the whole nation wanted that strong action be taken against the people responsible for recent happenings in Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai.