Patna, Feb 01: A petition has been filed in the Patna civil court on Friday against Maharashtra Nav Nirman Party chief Raj Thackeray for his alleged remarks over Chhath, Bihar`s most popular festival.
Thackeray had tagged Chhath as a `drama` few days back. His demeaning remarks offended the religious sentiments of the people leading to an outrage in the state.
The matter fuelled up so much that it brought even the arch political rivals — Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar – on one platform to criticize Thackeray.
"Raj Thackeray is using regionalism to split the country," alleged Lalu, stressing that Thackeray should himself observe Chhath to "keep his own mind cool".
He had even blamed the Thackerays for using religion for petty political gains.
Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar strongly criticised Thackeray`s statement and dubbed it as a "publicity stunt", while maintaining that Chhath was a festival that taught self-discipline.
Thackeray`s effigy was burnt by the infuriated youth in Patna, where protestors holding placards and banners demanded that Thackeray should be locked in a mental asylum.
The state unit of the Samajwadi Party has demanded "immediate action" by the Union government and Maharashtra government against Raj Thackeray.