Mumbai: In a veiled attack on the Shiv Sena
and the MNS, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday
said that North Indians in the city were being attacked by
"Some miscreants are raising the North Indians versus
non-North Indian issues. They can`t be called politicians but
only miscreants," the Lok Sabha MP said, addressing a rally at
suburban Sion this evening, ahead of the upcoming BMC polls in
"These people are not well-wishers of the country. They
are trying to weaken it. North Indians have also contributed
largely towards making Mumbai a beautiful city and a financial
hub," he added.
Coming out in support of Muslims, Yadav said whenever any
terrorist activity took place in the country, the needle of
suspicion was pointed towards them.
"In every sector, people from the minority community are
progressing. But if they are at looked at with suspicion the
situation will deteriorate.
"We don`t raise issues related to Hindus and Muslims but
those affecting the society and country," he added.
Yadav said corruption was the reason behind the high
inflation, which was badly effecting the poor and farmers.
SP MLA Abu Asim Azmi alleged that there was a lot of
discrimination against the North Indians in the state.
"Many people from North India come here to earn their
livelihood but are attacked by the activists of Shiv Sena and
He further claimed that he was given less time to speak
in the state Assembly as compared to other MLAs.