Chidambaram has spoken the truth: Thackeray on migrants

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Tuesday flayed Home Minister P Chidambaram for withdrawing his remarks on migrants` role in crimes in Delhi after having "spoken the truth".

Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010, 18:11 PM IST

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray
on Tuesday flayed Home Minister P Chidambaram for withdrawing his
remarks on migrants` role in crimes in Delhi after having
"spoken the truth".

"Chidambaram spoke the truth. Now he and his
government should implement the permit system (to curb
migrants), at least for Delhi and Mumbai," Thackeray said in
an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana.
The Home Minister had come under fire when he yesterday
remarked, "......nevertheless crime takes place because Delhi
attracts a large number of migrants. There are a large number
of unauthorised colonies. These migrants carry a kind of
behaviour which is unacceptable in any modern city. So crimes
do take place."

After he drew flak from several political leaders,
Chidambaram later issued a clarification saying he did not
refer to any state or region or language or race or religion
and was conscious that every one who came to work in Delhi
was, in a sense, a migrant, including himself.

Thackeray said Chidambaram spoke about "the same
things about Delhi that Sena has been saying about Mumbai for
the last so many years."
"Earlier, Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit had condemned the
onsalught of migrants on the national capital. She spoke the
truth and now, Chidambaram also spoke the truth," he said.

"However, the way Chidambaram immediately withdrew the
statement showed the (extent to which) Congressmen go to
appease voters," the Sena chief said.

Politicians and politics of votes are to blame for the
anarchy in Mumbai, the Sena chief said. "The hordes of
migrants coming to Mumbai is a national calamity," he said.

PTI