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Ex-Navy officer Madan Sharma meets Maharashtra Governor; demands president's rule

Sharma was allegedly beaten up by a group of Shiv Sena workers led by Kamlesh Kadam - shakha pramukh of party’s Kandivali unit in Mumbai - for sharing a cartoon on WhatsApp.

Ex-Navy officer Madan Sharma meets Maharashtra Governor; demands president's rule
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Madan Sharma, the ex-navy officer, on Tuesday met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan demanding the imposition of president rule in the state. He also announced his association with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). 

Sharma was allegedly beaten up by a group of Shiv Sena workers led by Kamlesh Kadam - shakha pramukh of party’s Kandivali unit in Mumbai - for sharing a cartoon on WhatsApp. The police had earlier them a day after arrest. 

However, six Shiv Sena workers were arrested again on Tuesday after section 452 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was added in the case registered against them. 

After his meeting with the Governor, Sharma said that he apprised Koshyari about the incident and has demanded the imposition of President’s rule in Maharashtra. The Governor ensured Sharma that he will speak to the centre about it. 

“There were allegations made against me that I am with BJP/RSS. So I announce that I am with RSS and BJP from now on. We will not allow injustice to happen and will not let ‘gundagardi’ happen in Maharashtra,” Sharma said. 

The 62-year-old ex-servicemen also said that the former navy soldiers will control the 'gundagardi' and will not let it happen. 

Earlier, Sharma had demanded the resignation of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray saying that the Chief Minister should resign if he can't look after law and order. He also said that Shiv Sena and the Chief Minister should ensure that such an attack doesn’t happen again and has demanded an apology.

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