The much watched rally in South Mumbai is happening today and Raj Thackerey wants stringent punishment for the government for the August 11 riots. He wants the Maharashtra Home Minister to resign.
RAJ THACKERAY-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) started one of the biggest rally of this year at South Mumbai. It is an urban rally with the leader on a SUV and a convoy of buses, vehicles, two wheelers and cars were seen following their leader from Girgaum chowpatty to the Azad Maidan where Thackeray would ask for the resignation of the Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil and Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik. While the MNS group is anticipating a total of 100,000 people the Police says that the crowd will not swell more than 50,000.
As the entire crowd with its leader assembled at the starting point started moving towards their destination for 40 minutes the entire traffic came to a standstill. The reason for the vehicles to carry the supporters and Thackeray was the fact that the Police did not agree to a march but did not refute a rally.
The Assam violence is taking new turns everyday and this is another facet of the same problem. The rally was in protest of the riot that happened in Azad Maidan on August 11 to protest against the ethnic violence in Assam. The Mumbai riot killed two people and injured 40 others. An angry mob on the fated day armed with swords and weapons attacked and manhandled the women Police and the Mumbai police personnel, and several vehicles were set on fire. This instigated the MNS group to rise against the weak handling of the entire incident by the government.
This time round Mumbai saw preparations on the part of the Police force early morning before the rally. Strong security men were placed at various sensitive places including two highways leading to South Mumbai. Road block and random checking are going on at various places in Mumbai. The permission for the rally came late at Monday night and MNS leader Raj Thackeray was not happy. He was heard saying, “The police and the home department should have displayed similar urge to adhere to rules and laws while granting permission to the August 11 protest march organized by the Raza Academy and the nine other bodies.” He also added, “The CM said categorically that in a democratic setup, a political party's right to protest can in no way be impinged," Raj said at the press conference. It will be a peaceful protest. But if the police try to disrupt it, the state government will be responsible for the consequences thereafter.” No news of any disruption has yet been known but all media eyes are on the developments.