Mumbai: After attacking two offices of private company Indiabulls, Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) justified its violence, saying the party was just reflecting the anger and the anxiety of the common man in the face of the government's inability to deal with the drought.
On Monday, suspected MNS workers attacked the Indiabulls office in Amravati, a day after two MNS workers were arrested when several of them went on a rampage, attacking the the company's office in Mumbai. The attacks came after MNS chief Raj Thackeray said that water meant for drought-hit farmers was diverted to private companies.
Raj Thackeray, at a rally in Amravati, warned of consequences if the diversion of water to the Indiabulls project isn't stopped immediately. "There will be severe consequences if projects like that of Indiabulls Pvt Ltd, which require diversion of water, aren't stopped immediately," Thackeray said.
The state government had diverted more than 80 million cubic metre of water from Wardha district, which was meant for irrigation to the 1350 MW thermal power project of Indiabulls Power Ltd at Amravati in Vidharbha. In September 2012, an NGO had filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court claiming that the diversion of water was in violation of the governor's directives on usage of funds for backward regions and that the diversion will affect at least 25,000 farmers directly depriving them of water for irrigation.