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Sakinaka incident: Maharashtra CM Uddhav responds to governor Koshyari, cites crime figures of BJP-ruled states

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Sakinaka incident: Maharashtra CM Uddhav responds to governor Koshyari, cites crime figures of BJP-ruled states
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Sakinaka incident: Maharashtra CM Uddhav responds to governor Koshyari, cites crime figures of BJP-ruled states
Sakinaka incident: Maharashtra CM Uddhav responds to governor Koshyari, cites crime figures of BJP-ruled states

NEW DELHI: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and state governor BS Koshyari are once again engaged in a war of words, rather a war of letters.
The issue this time is the law and order in the state in the light of the brutal Sakinaka rape and murder incident.
A 34-year-old woman was allegedly raped inside a stationary tempo parked on the roadside in the Sakinaka area in Mumbai earlier this month. The accused, a 45-year-old man, brutalised the victim by inserting a rod in her private parts. The woman died during treatment at a hospital.
After the horrific incident, governor BS Koshyari wrote a letter asking the state government to convene a special session of the assembly.
On Monday, the chief minister responded to the letter taking swipes at the governor citing the law and order figures in some BJP-ruled states including Koshiyari’s home state of Uttarakhand.
Uddhav urged the governor to request the Centre to call a session of Parliament to discuss issues concerning the safety of women and growing attacks on them.
Uddhav Thackeray in his letter said that the governor was setting a bad precedent.
“I can understand your feelings for calling a special session of the Maharashtra assembly against the backdrop of the Sakinaka incident in Mumbai. Your soul is of a political worker. However, the instructions given by you could stoke a new controversy,” Thackeray wrote.
He stated that such “instructions” by the governor are damaging to the democratic parliamentary procedures.
“It is damaging to parliamentary democratic procedures that governor also makes the same demand being made by those who are opposing the state government. The state is taking firm steps to curb such incidents,” the CM stated.
The chief minister then went on to cite crime figures from some BJP-ruled states.
“Uttarakhand, your home state, is also known as Devbhoomi. The government data shows that attacks on women have been increased by 150 per cent. Can a special session be called there?” Thackeray asked.
He wrote that 14,229 women had gone missing in neighbouring Gujarat in the last two years.
“The Gujarat police report says that at least 14 women daily face rape or sexual assault. Going by such high numbers, Gujarat would need at least a month-long session.
Despite many attacks on women in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has not made any demand for a special session,” Thackeray stated.
This is not the first time that the two leaders have been engaged in a letter war.
Last year, the governor had written a letter to the CM demanding the immediate re-opening of places of worship and mockingly asked if Uddhav Thackeray had turned “secular”.
The chief minister had responded by questioning the governor’s belief in secularism and said “Isn’t secularism a key component of the Constitution, by which you swore while taking oath as the state governor?”
(With inputs from PTI)

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