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Chavan unhappy over Pawar-Shiv Sena chief meet
Published on 9 Feb. 2010 12:06 AM IST
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Unhappy with Sharad Pawar’s meeting with Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray over the IPL security issue, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan Monday said his government was “competent” to provide security to cricketers and there was “no need to take permission from any other authority”. “I do not think there is need to take permission from any other authority in the state. The government is competent, it is the authority and there cannot be two authorities in the state,” Chavan told reporters here. The remarks come a day after Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Sunday met Thackeray to urge him not to oppose the participation of Australian cricketers in the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). Pawar, who is the International Cricket Council (ICC) president-elect and also president of the Mumbai Cricket Association, reportedly requested the Shiv Sena chief to withdraw his party’s threat against Australian players after a spate of attacks on Indian students in Australia. An irked Chavan, who heads a coalition Congress-NCP government, said: “There cannot be an extra-constitutional authority (in a state).” Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena said it would take a final call on the issue in two-three days. “Thackeray would take a final call on the issue of Australian players in two-three days,” Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ said today. “For me, the country is more important than the game,” ‘Saamna’ quoted Thackeray as telling Pawar. “I will never tolerate India’s insult,” the Sena supremo said.

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