Mumbai: Union Minister of State for Communications Gurudas Kamat Tuesday condemned MNS chief Raj Thackeray for blaming the spread of malaria on migrants and described his remarks as "unfortunate".
In a statement issued here, Kamat who represents the Mumbai North West parliamentary seat, said Raj Thackeray had no constructive suggestion to solve such problems but create
tensions among the city`s population.
The MNS chief had said that migrants were responsible for the spread of malaria as they flooded the hospitals leaving no space for patients from the state.
"The repeated attempts at maligning Muslims or migrants has become a nuisance and needs to be nipped in the bud," he said.
Kamat said the MNS chief`s family migrated from Indore and settled in Mumbai. "He has no moral right to point a finger at other migrants staying peacefully and legally in the
city with all the rights given to them by the Constitution of India," he added.
The minister appealed to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and municipal administration to counter the spread of malaria and swine flu, by ensuring enough medication and prompt