Patna/Mumbai: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday remained unfazed over the reported threat by MNS to
disallow Bihar divas celebrations in Mumbai, saying no one can
stop him from attending the event and he did not require a
"visa" to travel there.
"There is no hurdle for me to go there. Can go to any
part of the country, don't need any type of visa for that. I
am going," Kumar said when asked for his comments on the
threat by the Raj Thackeray-headed Maharashtra Navnirman Sena
(MNS) to block the celebrations.
He said he would give his message to people from Bihar
living in Mumbai on April 15 during his scheduled visit to
attend a social and cultural programme organised by migrant
labour from the state to celebrate the centenary of the
creation of the state.
"I will give my message there," he said.
The MNS did not appear to take kindly to Kumar's
"Raj saheb will make the party's stance on the issue
clear at a public meeting at Malegaon on April 12," a senior
MNS leader said, adding that Kumar's statement had not gone
down well with the party.
"Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra. If anybody tries
to show Maharashtra's culture and Marathi language in a bad
light, it will not be tolerated," he said.
Though no one from MNS has formally announced that the
celebrations will not be allowed, media reports spoke of a
move by the party in this regard.
First Published: Monday, April 09, 2012, 20:55