Mumbai: Taking exception to MNS chief Raj
Thackeray`s outburst against north Indians, the Samajwadi
Party today lodged a complaint with the state election
commission, saying he was trying to vitiate the atmosphere
ahead of Mumbai civic elections.
A delegation of Samajwadi Party today met State
Election Commissioner Neela Satyanarayan and asked her to take
note of the MNS chief`s remarks against north Indians.
Thackeray had yesterday targeted north Indians, saying
they cannot be allowed to "bully" the people in Maharashtra
where Marathis should always get priority.
"I am not against any region, but in Maharashtra
Marathis should always get priority. You (north Indians)
cannot come from 2,000 km and bully people here," he said.
These migrants "carelessly drive autos and taxis in
Mumbai. They only behave properly once we beat them up," Raj
had said at an interactive session late last night.
Referring to vegetable vendors from "outside", the MNS
chief said, "I will ask Marathi youth to sell vegetables. Stop
buying vegetables from these outsiders."
Meanwhile, in a veiled attack on nephew Raj Thackeray,
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said the nephews in politics
have always tried to emulate their successful uncles.
"There is always this desire to be equally successful.
Having seen the crowds, the adulation, it is but natural that
one will harbour a desire to emulate that," Thackeray said in
an interview in party mouthpiece "Saamana" here.