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The bjp-shiv sena coalition government of Maharashtra is under strain following the embarrassment caused to the administration by Sena cadres running amok in Mumbai, forcing the BCCI to withdraw Pakistani commentators and umpires from the on-going India-South Africa cricket series, and blackening the face of writer-journalist Sudheendra Kulkarni. Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena supremo, has publicly dared Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to break off the BJP-Sena alliance, forcing the latter to issue a media statement on October 12 to reaffirm his commitment to the alliance which swept the Maharashtra (pop.112 million) legislative assembly polls exactly a year ago.

Moreover, in a move to smooth the ruffled feathers of the parochial Shiv Sena, which regards all non-Marathi speaking citizens as ‘outsiders’, the state government has proposed to extend the teaching of Marathi in the state’s 800 private unaided schools affiliated with the pan-India CBSE, CISCE and international exam boards.

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