Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said his government will not hand over probe in the Koregaon-Bhima violence case to the Centre.
The violence was a result of the alleged inflammatory speeches delivered at the Elgar Parishad conclave at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31, 2017.
The Maharashtra government had recently okayed the handing over of investigation into the Elgar Parishad case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
‘Elgar and Koregaon-Bhima are two separate topics. The issue facing my Dalit brothers is about Koregaon-Bhima and I will not give it to the Centre. I want to make it clear that there will be no injustice to Dalit brothers,’ Thackeray tweeted.
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar had recently publicly expressed his unhappiness over Thackeray’s decision to hand over the Elgar Parishad probe to the NIA.
The NCP is a key constituent of the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, along with the Congress party.
Thackeray also said he won’t block the National Population Register (NPR) in Maharashtra.
He assured that he will ‘personally check the columns’ in the NPR, adding there shouldn’t be any problem with the exercise in Maharashtra.
‘CAA and NRC (National Register of Citizens) are different and NPR is different. No one has to worry if CAA gets implemented. NRC is not there and will not be implemented in the state,’ Thackeray tweeted.
“एल्गार आणि भीमा कोरेगाव हे दोन वेगळे विषय आहेत. माझ्या दलित बांधवांचा जो विषय आहे तो भीमा कोरेगाव बद्दल आहे आणि त्याचा तपास मी केंद्राकडे दिलेला नाही आणि देणार नाही आणि मी स्पष्टपणे सांगू इच्छितो की दलित बांधवांवर अन्याय होऊ देणार नाही.”
-मुख्यमंत्री उद्धव बाळासाहेब ठाकरे
— Office of Uddhav Thackeray (@OfficeofUT) February 18, 2020
NPR will happen in the state as there is nothing controversial about it, he said.
Thackeray said he will not allow NRC to be implemented in the state.
‘If NRC is implemented then it will affect not only Hindus or Muslims but also Adivasis. NPR is a census, and I don’t find that anyone will be affected as it happens every 10 years,’ he said.