Mumbai: Reacting to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's chief Raj Thackeray's statement urging party workers to resort to violence against non-Maharashtrians, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday said that Maharashtra is for everyone and not someone's sole property.
Thackeray, while addressing party workers yesterday, had urged them to burn the newly-registered autorickshaws run by non-Marathis.
"As many as 70,000 new auto-rickshaws are set to ply in the city. Licences and driver's badges for nearly 70% of these rickshaws will be given to 'outsiders'. Our Marathi boys and girls are being ignored by the state government. As a mark of protest, MNS activists should set ablaze such auto-rickshaws," Thackeray had said.
His statement, meanwhile, enraged Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav who while condemning the statement said that Maharashtra is not someone's sole property.
“I want to tell Mr Raj Thackeray that Maharashtra is not anyone's 'Baap Ki Jageer' (father's property). Maharashtra, this country, is for everyone,"Tejaswi was quoted as saying by NDTV.
The Congress party too slammed Thackeray stating that there is a competition among leaders in the state to portray themselves as true representatives of Marathas.
Congress leader PL Punia dubbed Thackeray`s remarks as `irresponsible` and criticised him for speaking ill against his fellow Indians.
Also, NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said there are Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) provisions under which he can be arrested.
(With Agency inputs)