However, two separate incidents in just the past week have left the government red-faced and given some space to the Devendra Fadnavis-led opposition to criticise the ruling coalition. Both also involve Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders directly or indirectly, which could lead to some strain for the Maha Vikas Aghadi as well.
The first incident took place on the night of April 5, when right-wing activist Anant Karmuse was allegedly assaulted by some supporters of Jitendra Awhad, state housing minister and NCP leader, for a post against the minister on social media.
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The incident allegedly took place at the minister’s bungalow while he and some policemen part of his security team were present.
Avhad has denied any knowledge of any such incident but shared some screenshots from his social media accounts of the alleged comments made by Karmuse, who is a follower of Sambhaji Bhide, a right-wing activist who has been accused of inciting communal violence in Bhima Koregaon in 2018 and in some other districts of western Maharashtra.
Five people were arrested on Thursday on Karmuse’s complaint.
The second incident came to light on Thursday night when a letter, purportedly written by a senior official of the state home ministry, was leaked on social media—in it, the officer gave permission to 23 members of the controversial Wadhwan family of Mumbai to travel to Mahabaleshwar and Khandala...