Mumbai belongs to Marathis, says Shiv Sena leader

Senior Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi has said Mumbai belongs to Marathi people and demanded controls be brought on migrants from other states.

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2010, 22:31 PM IST

Mumbai: Senior Shiv Sena leader Manohar
Joshi has said Mumbai belongs to Marathi people and demanded
controls be brought on migrants from other states.

"It is well settled that Mumbai belongs to Marathi
people. It has been decided already and to my mind, a debate
on this issue is not necessary," Joshi, former Lok Sabha
Speaker, said.

He was speaking at a debate on `Mumbai for All`,
organised by Outlook magazine here last night as part of its
`speak up` event series, to mark 15 years of the magazine.

Stating that around 300 families come to Mumbai daily,
Joshi added that, "There is a limit to accommodate people in
the city and the influx has caused strain on civic
infrastructure... Controls should be brought on migrants from
other states."

Senior journalist Kumar Ketkar, who participated in the
debate, said the formation of another party (Raj Thackeray-led
MNS) shows that the Sena has failed in its aim.

While parties fight for Marathi, children of almost
entire Sena and MNS leadership study in English medium
schools, he added.

Actor-activist Rahul Bose said the government failed to
protect people and lacked plans for its development. Outlook
editor-in-chief Vinod Mehta said Mumbai is a city which
celebrates success while Delhi celebrates failure.

-PTI