November 24th, 2011
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Pawar slapped: Maharashtra protests

sharad-pawar-slappedMumbai: Reacting to the assault on Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, protests sparked at various parts in Maharashtra which is his home state. Political parties have strongly condemned the act. Rasta roko protests were held in Solapur and Nashik to condemn the attack on Pawar.  Senior Nationalist Congress Party Minister Laxman Dhoble led the rasta roko at Mohol in Solapur district. The protesters shouted slogans, condemning the attack.

NCP workers blocked vehicular traffic at Trimbak Road and Kalwan in Nashik district to condemn the attack on their party chief.The NCP workers also held protests at Mulund and Worli areas of Mumbai In adjoining Navi Mumbai, the agricultural produce market was closed in protest. In Baramati, Mr Pawar’s native place in Pune district, traders observed a bandh. Maharashtra BJP president Sudhir Mungantiwar condemned the attack, describing it as cowardly.

Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly Eknath Khadse said, “In a democracy, such attacks are condemnable. One can protest using non-violent means but such an attack cannot be justified.” Home Minister and NCP leader RR Patil said Mr Pawar’s security needs to be stepped up in the aftermath of the incident.

The 71-year-old Mr. Pawar, who went to attend a literary function at a public auditorium on Parliament Street, was slapped by Harvinder Singh, a transporter in his thirties who had also assaulted former Telecom Minister Sukhram outside Rohini Court on Saturday after he was sentenced in a corruption case.



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