Mumbai: Hitting out at Congress MP Sanjay
Nirupam`s remarks that north Indians can shutdown Mumbai, Shiv
Sena on Thursday said Maharashtra had "not invited" them to come and
"The north Indians were not invited to Mumbai. They came
here to earn livelihood, and settled down. If people from UP
and Bihar ply autos, sell milk and vegetables, they are also
involved in other illegal activities. If they feel that they
can shut down Mumbai, they are free to take their cattle and
`tabelas` back to their native places," the party`s mouthpiece
`Saamana` said in an editorial.
The edit said several small businesses are in the control
of north Indians. But it did not mean that if they stop work,
the city will come to a standstill.
"Other hard working people will take their place. Mumbai
is a city that is always on the move. If the north Indians
stop supplying milk, Mumbaikars will not start having black
tea," it said.
"Mahanand, Aarey, Gokul, Warna are milk brands run by
Marathi people. Maharashtrians run `vada pav` stalls and they
can also sell `bhel`, `pani puri` and as well iron clothes."
The paper warned north Indian leaders like Mumbai
Congress chief Kripashankar Singh, Samajwadi party leader Abu
Asim Azmi and Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam against making
comments about Mumbai being run by north Indians.
"Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra and only Marathi
people have the first right on the city. Others can stay in
peace here. It is their wish if they do not want peace and
happiness," the paper said.