After meeting Madan Sharma at his residence, Athawale said that the Aghadi government has failed to handle the law and order situation in the state. Athawale also demanded the President’s rule in Maharashtra. Athawale said that injustice has been meted out to Madan Sharma and said that he will meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah and will take up the issue with him.
Meanwhile, Madan Sharma reiterated that if Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray cannot run the government, then he should resign. “I request Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Ji that if you cannot run the government, then you should resign. Let people elect a government that can maintain law and order in Maharashtra,” he said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday spoke to Madan Sharma and said that such attack on Ex-Servicemen was completely unacceptable and deplorable.
“Spoke to retired naval officer, Shri Madan Sharma who was attacked by hooligans in Mumbai and enquired about his health. Such attacks on Ex-Servicemen is completely unacceptable and deplorable. I wish Madanji a speedy recovery,” Rajnath tweeted.
Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said that the assaulting of a retired Naval officer in Mumbai by Shiv Sena workers is a kind of ‘state-sponsored terror’ situation.
Fadnavis’ comments came after bail was granted to the Shiv Sena workers arrested for the assault.
He also said that he had appealed to CM Uddhav Thackeray to ‘kindly stop this goonda raj (hooliganism)’.
The 62-year-old retired Navy officer Madan Sharma was beaten up by Shiv Sena workers after he shared a cartoon on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on WhatsApp.
Sena workers were arrested in connection with the incident but were released later on bail.