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Govt planning riots on Ram temple with Owaisi's help: Raj

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

(MNS) has claimed the is planning to stage riots on issue with the help of Asaduddin Owaisi-led All Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen.

Making the sensational allegation at a party rally here Monday night, Thackeray said, "The may try to instigate riots with AIMIM over issue".

"I got a call from informing me that the Central government is planning riots in the name of and is seeking help from Asaduddin Owaisi, of AIMIM," he said.

"I think it is very serious. The has no substantial work to show in its four-and-a-half-year long rule. They do not have any option but to instigate communal riots," the said.

Thackeray said, "Though I support construction of the Ram temple (at Ayodhya), I am not insisting that it should be built before the due next year. I have no issues if the temple is built after the elections."

Thackeray did not disclose the name of the caller from

Responding to Thackeray's statement, AIMIM MLA from Mumbai, Waris Pathan, asked police to initiate action against the

"The police should take Thackeray into custody. If he has such crucial information, then he should share the details with the police," he said.

Pathan accused Thackeray of creating panic among people and threatening them from a public platform. Police should take appropriate steps against the MNS chief, he said.

"It looks like Thackeray wants to regain lost ground and is using Owaisi's name for it," Pathan said.

also taunted the over his riot claims. "There won't be any riots over Ram mandir. If someone has information (that riots are being planned), he should inform police," said.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 19:25 IST