Continuing his tirade against the North Indians, Raj Thackeray -
the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader known for the communal
and divisive politics, on Thursday challenged Bihar Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar to celebrate 'Bihar Divas' in Mumbai.
"If you have guts dare come to
Mumbai and celebrate Bihar Divas", Raj Thackeray said while
addressing an election rally in Malegaon on Thursday.
Stating that Nitish Kumar
unnecessarily provoked him even when he had not said anything
about the celebrations going on in Bihar to commemorate hundred
years of its establishment.
"Nitish provoked me by stating that
he did not need permission from anyone to celebrate Bihar Divas in
Mumbai. I had not said anything earlier. But I challenge him now
to celebrate Bihar Divas in Mumbai", he said in the rally
organised ahead of the Malegaon Municipal Corporation elections
scheduled for April 15.
He said that people from North India
have become a major problem for Maharashtra and its people. "It is
them who are using resources of the state and creating problems
for the people", he said.
He also said that people from Uttar
Pradesh and Bihar who are staying in a large number in Maharashtra
are voting in both the states. "I saw this in the recently held
elections in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. These people went to
Uttar Pradesh and voted in assembly elections. Then came back to
Mumbai and voted again in civic elections", he said.
"They have the right to vote twice.
But people from Maharashtra have the right to vote only once", he
Stating that people form North India
are using 'money' to increase their representations in the
Maharashtra Legislative Council, he singled out Maharashtra State
Samajwadi Party (SP) president and MLA Abu Asim Azmi for
"You know who this Abu Asim Azmi is.
At a time when people are afraid of contesting elections from one
place, he wins from Mumbai and Bhiwandi both the places. He does
not win elections with the help of Marathi votes. His supporters
are people from North India", he said.